Cover

About this object

History of use

Blue and white embroideries are part of an ancient domestic tradition. Designs vary geographically but are constant within generations of families except for minor individual variations. Often used to decorate the bed which traditionally played a focal part in household ritual particularly at the new year when all household spirits were honored. They are family made, by women, and family owned. These embroideries were of no local commercial value.

Cultural context

utilitarian;household

Physical description

Large red and pink cover with embroidery. The cover is made of three strips of pink fabric with a smaller red strip along the bottom. Embroidered in the centre of the pink panel are vase, floral, rabbit and bird motifs. Embroidered on the red panel are three large animal motifs against a rocky landscape. The back is unlined.