Bag

About this object

History of use

Everyday use by both men and women. Could have been made to be sold at the market; or could have been a dowry piece.

Iconographic meaning

The hooked sun disc represents the life-giving force of the sun. This symbol might also have reference to an ancient form of sun worship.

Physical description

Small, square, multi-coloured, embroidered bag, made by bringing three corners of a square embroidered textile together, leaving the fourth corner free as a flap, resulting in a flat, square envelope. The main design is a ‘hooked sun symbol,’ surrounded by a few mirrors and bands of embroidered geometric motifs and edged with couched silver threads. The embroidery is worked with multi-coloured threads in chain stitch on purple cotton broadcloth. The stitchery is backed with red cotton broadcloth.