Batuwo Indigo Khaarek Bag

Batuwo Indigo Khaarek Bag

€108.00Price

Shoulder bag inspired in the Batuwo (purse) with the hand-embroidery technique Kharek - typical from the Maru Meghval communities of Kutch region in Gujarat (India) - hand-dyed with natural Indigo colour and made by artisans from Kala Raksha organisation. The traditional Batuwo is made by the bride for the future groom, sent between the engagement and the wedding in exchange of ornaments filled with supari (betel nut), etc. In the wedding the groom wears it with a small dagger.

 

Ethnic styles express lifestyle. They are practiced by individuals whose heritage is rooted in community rather than land, and considered cultural property.

  • CRAFT TECHNIQUE: Kutch Embroidery (Khaarek) + Indigo

     

    BATUWO is a traditional purse made by the bride for the future groom, sent between the engagement and the wedding in exchange of ornaments filled with supari (betel nut), etc. In the wedding the groom wears it with a small dagger.

     

    KHAREKK is a geometric style, counted and precise. In this style, the artisan works out the structure of geometric patterns with an outline of black squares, then fills in the spaces with bands of satin stitching that are worked along warp and weft from the front.

     

    INDIGO is a highly revered dye among the craftsmen. They believe that a cow that drinks the solution becomes stronger and that if they eat with Indigo-stained hands, there won’t be any problems with the food or digestion. They say that Indigo has the power to turn anything natural. Using Indigo dyed fabric is thereby considered auspicious.

     

    KALA RAKSHA is a grassroots social enterprise committed to documenting and promoting existing traditions of art and craft of Kutch region in north Gujarat, India. The Trust maintains a collection of heirloom textiles that functions as a resource base for artisans to study and create exquisite contemporary work.

     

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