Rabaris are known for their virtuosity and prolific creativity in embroidery, appliqué, and beadwork. Kala Raksha has a comprehensive collection of Rabari material culture, including garments of women, children and men, bags, animal trappings and household decorations.
The collection includes variations over space: examples of work of the Kachhi subgroup of western Kutch, the Dhebarias of central Kutch, and the Vagadias of eastern Kutch.
It also covers variations over time, spanning the evolution of embroidery styles. From the early 20th century to the 1960s work was fine and figural. From the 1960s to 1980's work was bolder and more geometric. Contemporary work includes time-saving devices like rick-rack and machine embroidery.
Camel herding Rabaris depict their changing world in bold motifs, decorated with plenty of mirrors. The elephant of the royal family transforms to a cupboard. Parrots turn upside down, becoming bicycles of urban conveyance.