Meet the Artisan
Ramiben was born in Momai Mora. She never attended school, but learned embroidery from her family. She moved to Vandh after marriage, and became a founder member of Kala Raksha over thirteen years ago.
Through Kala Raksha, Rami embroidered samples for Ritu Kumar. Her bakhiya work was especially appreciated. In addition, Rami learned to read and write in Kala Raksha education classes. Ever eager to acquire new skills, Rami has enjoyed digital photography at Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya.
Rami is still known for her fine hand. “Our hand work finds a good market with Kala Raksha,” she says. “So we often use machine embroidery for ourselves today.” But, ...
Silk Purse with Hand Embroidery and Mirror Work (Midnight Black)
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- Beautifully hand embroidered silk purse with mirror work
- 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
About this Fair Trade Product
A fashionable silk purse, great for everyday use or for a night on the town. This is a perfect evening bag to make a statement.
Fine, Rabari mirror work in chain, cretan and buttonhole stitches, using hallmark diamond shaped mirrors. Glass bead strap and details, cotton threads on dupioni silk. Magnet closing.
This bag is based on the traditional theli, a bag used for daily work. Women make embroidered thelis as part of their dowries, and their husbands use them to shop for rations and vegetables. This scaled down version is done in the style of Rabaris, camel herding nomads of Kutch. The traditional pattern of limbudi tak is used. Mirrors are hand cut into diamond shapes, recalling the limbudi, the fruit of the neem tree.
About Rabari Embroidery
Rabari embroidery is unique to the nomadic Rabaris. Essential to Rabari embroidery is the use of mirrors in a variety of shapes. Rabaris outline patterns in chain stitch, then decorate them with a regular sequence of mirrors and accent stitches, in a regular sequence of colors. Rabaris also use decorative back stitching, called bakhiya, to decorate the seams of women's blouses and men's kediya/ jackets. The style, like Rabaris, is ever evolving, and in abstract motifs Rabari women depict their changing world. Contemporary bold mirrored stitching nearly replaced a repertoire of delicate stitches.
- Dimensions: 6.50" x 8"
- Material: Dupioni silk
- Brand: Artisan Design
- Use and Care: Hand Wash
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