Meet the Artisan
Varshaben was born in Sumrasar Sheikh, to parents who migrated from Nagar Parkar, Pakistan, in 1972. She attended school to 7th grade, and considered further education, but there were no other girls who would accompany her to Bhuj for classes. From an early age Varsha had a pension for embroidery. She learned suf from her mother when she was in 5th grade, and would come home at recess to stitch with her two elder sisters, who worked with Kala Raksha. Varshaben began working with Kala Raksha as soon as she had learned suf well, and through the organization she has attended exhibitions in Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad, and a design workshops taught by intern Sanchit Gupta.
Table Runner with Hand Stitched ‘Suf’ Embroidery with Tassels
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- Vibrant, stylish and intricate
- Artisan Design Brand product. An Artisan Design Brand product is not just executed, but designed by the artisan who produced it. Your guarantee of a genuine work of art!
- Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Artisan, included with the product
About this Fair Trade Product
Enrich your interior décor with this table runner that’s woven by hand. The embroidery and beadwork are artistically perfected for style.
Kala Raksha runners are based on the bokani, a scarf traditionally worn to cover a groom’s ears when he came by camel for his wedding. This one is worked in intricate suf embroidery, counted on the warp and weft of the fabric, in reverse. The large triangular forms represent the mod, a decorated crown for the bride and groom.
About Suf Embroidery
Suf is a painstaking embroidery based on the triangle, called a "suf." Suf is counted on the warp and weft of the cloth in a surface satin stitch worked from the back. Motifs are never drawn. Each artisan imagines her design, then counts it out --in reverse! Skilled work thus requires an understanding of geometry and keen eyesight. A suf artisan displays virtuosity in detailing, filling symmetrical patterns with tiny triangles, and accent stitches
- Dimensions: 16" x 52"
- Material: Cotton, naturally dyed
- Brand: Artisan Design
- Use and Care: Hand Wash
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