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Rabari Takiya (cushion cover)

Rabari Takiya (cushion cover)

72,00 € Regular Price
36,00 €Sale Price

Cushion cover made with the unique hand-embroidery to the nomadic Rabaris of Kutch (Gujarat, India), famous for their usage of Shisha mirror-work with the traditional square-chain stiches.

The Rabaris also have a vast repertoire of lesser-known style: from delicate back stitching to playful appliqué work. Every motif is named and has a particular significance.

Rabari women draw upon these resources to depict their changing life and tradition.


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)


    RABARI embroidery is unique to the nomadic Rabaris. Essential to it is 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.


    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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