Meet the Artisan
Lachhuben Raja learned embroidery in the traditional way, from her family in Viyar. When she moved to Vandh after marriage she became known as an expert artisan while working in the conventional Rabari way.
When economics made two incomes essential, Lachhuben tried several options. The fourth, Kala Raksha, was the one that satisfied cultural as well as economic needs. Lachhuben has served as Coordinator for Kala Raksha since 1994. She attends design, quality control and pricing for the group in Vandh. Lachhuben is both teacher and cultural mediator, and has traveled many times to Delhi and Mumbai to assist in marketing. She has also attended three international workshops ...
Table Runner with Hand Stitched ‘Rabari’ Embroidery and Beadwork (Midnight Black)
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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 decorated with embroidery of the camel herding nomadic Rabari community. All patterns, though decorative, represent elements of daily and ceremonial life. These are flowers.
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: 12" x 48"
- Material: Cotton, Naturally Dyed
- Brand: Artisan Design
- Use and Care: Hand Wash
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