Meet the Artisan
Deviben is one of Kala Raksha’s youngest artisans. Born in Vandh, she grew up with the NGO. Deviben learned embroidery while attending school, but after the earthquake of 2001, when she was in 4th grade she left formal education. She attended Kala Raksha education classes and now is proficient in Hindi as well as Gujarati.
An avid learner, Deviben has attended Kala Raksha design workshops with Krishna Patel, Laurance, Sangita Shroff and The Creative Thread Trust (France). She is proud that through Kala Raksha her work has found international as well as domestic markets.
Deviben is one of the few young women who embroider for sale today. She thinks independently. ...
Hand Embroidered Woolen Formal Shawl/stole for Your Evening Dress
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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
Bold Rabari embroidery using chain and cretan stitches, and a variety of mirrors, bandhani (tie dye) patterning. Cotton threads on merino blend wool.
Kala Raksha shawls, stoles and mufflers are based on the traditional woolen veil of Rabari women. Rabaris originally raised sheep, making wool the most practical fabric. They hand spun the wool, and gave it to weavers who lived in their village to weave. The weavers in turn gave the white handloom fabric to Khatri dyers, who patterned it with fine tie dye, and dyed it. The result was a black rough wool veil with red dotted patterns. Rabari then decorated it with their signature embroidery. This was the most important identity marker of a Rabari woman.
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 --which Kala Raksha revived. (for more information on Rabari embroidery see Frater, Judy, Threads of Identity: Embroidery and Adornment of the Nomadic Rabaris, Ahmedabad: Mapin, 1995.)
- Dimensions: 20" x 70"
- Material: Wool
- Brand: Artisan Design
- Use and Care: Hand Wash
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