Embroidered and Printed Indian Shawl from Rajasthan
A vintage printed and embroidered groom's wedding shawl from Rajasthan.
A man's wedding shawl, or malir, from the Barmer district in the Thar desert of Rajasthan or adjacent Sindh in Pakistan. It would be given to the groom by the bride's family for his wedding day. The cloth is printed in the Ajrak resist style with additional embroidery. The embroidery in the corners, done by the bride, includes peacocks for fertility and small bright sheesha mirrors.
Small decorative shells and coins symbolise wealth and give some weight to the fabric helping to keep in it place.
Thanks to Jerry Filby for information on this item.
This piece could also make a beautiful wall-hanging or bed cover.
Mid to late 20th century.
Dimensions: 185cm x 128cm.