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


Iconographic meaning

Butterfly; joy, conjugal felicity.

Physical description

Rectangular, cover of beige fabric with indigo embroidery. The design consists of a central plate-like motif with a rim of birds, butterflies, branches and leaves; centre has birds, butterfly, centipede, branch, leaves and berries. On each side of plate is a butterfly with floral designs. The corners have triangular motifs: two are crab and aquatic designs; two are of flowers and butterflies. The ends hemmed in a geometric pattern. Four cotton ties are sewn to the long edges.