Hand embroidered in Rabari work, this large shoulder bag is handcrafted by women artisans in Kutch. It has dense embroidery on the front with complimenting work on the back. It depics Pani Wali, or water lady balancing a pot on her head.
Rabari embroidery is unique to the nomadic Rabaris. The embroidery loves the use of mirrors in a variety of shapes. Artists outline patterns in chain stitch, then decorate them with a regular sequence of mirrors and accent stitches, in a regular sequence of colors. Rabaris also use decorative back stitching, called bakhiya to decorate.
The style, like Rabaris, is ever evolving, and in abstract motifs Rabari women depict their changing world.
Traditionally, the women hand embroidered much of their own requirements in clothes, home decorations and also wedding trousseau, however today we risk losing many of these arts and embroideries.
Kala Raksha was founded in the 90s with the aim of preserving traditional crafts and embroideries by teaching these to the younger generations of artisans. The organization also aimed at making the artists, mostly women, self reliant through these arts by giving them income generation opportunities. Artisans are exposed to outside markets including designers and trained in trying to make their work a little more contemporary to appeal to these markets.
Artists create a range of products like this sling bag and the earnings for these goes back to them.
This bag is made with handwoven cotton, is one pocket that comes with a small zipper compartment inside, a contrast lining of block print Ajrakh and quality zippers. As with handmade, there are some imperfections that add to it's charm.
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