Rabari Indigo Shoulder Bag

Rabari Indigo Shoulder Bag

€98.00Price

Organic cotton shoulder bag, hand-dyed with natural Indigo colour, and with the unique hand-embroidery to the nomadic Rabaris from the Kutch region of Gujarat (India) - famous for their usage of Shisha mirror-work with the traditional square-chain stiches - by artisans from Kala Raksha organisation.

 

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 (Rabari) + Indigo

     

    RABARI embroidery is unique to the nomadic Rabaris and to it is essential the use of mirrors in a variety of shapes. Rabaris outline patterns in chain stitch and then decorate them with a regular sequence of mirrors and accent stitches, in a regular sequence of colors. The style is ever evolving, and in abstract motifs Rabari women depict their changing world.

     

    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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