About this object

History of use

Covers for food containers, wall hangings and other decorative household items are carried by a bride to her new home in an embroidered dowry bag edged with tassels and cowrie shells.

Cultural context


Specific techniques

The chain and lace-like embroidery may be arhi bharat, which is worked with an awl with tread from below, creating a line of loops. Embroidery stitches used chain, interlacing, buttonhole, and herringbone.

Physical description

Embroidered green silk square. Circular embroidered pink and purple centre pattern resembling a fanning peacock tail with mirrors framed by multi-coloured embroidered borders. Center is framed by several embroidered square borders, mostly in yellow, white, black and dark red, with circles and mirrors. Outer borders on orange silk ground. Embroidered with untwisted silk(?). Multi-coloured tassels hang off edges, each with two cowrie shells and two red beads. Two yellow chain stitch borders and square border between are incomplete. White-yellow cotton back.