\u00a0\n\u201cPot Cushions? What on earth is a Pot Cushion?\u00a0 And why would anyone put embroidery on it?!\u201d This is the incredulous response of my friend \u2013 raised in the mega-city of Mumbai!\nMumbai has had piped water since forever.\nBut even today many hamlets in India get piped water only through a common village tap and a few still rely on common wells.\nTo bring water from the common village source to the home, pots are used.\nAnd photos of Indian women carrying several pots of water on their heads can be found all over the internet.\nHere is one from Rajasthan \u2013 a beautiful Bhil girl\u00a0 I met in Jhadol district inRajasthan:\n\u00a0\n\nIf you look carefully, the pot that Paaro is carrying on her head rests on a little cloth cushion.\nThis could just be a long piece of multipurpose cloth that is twisted and coiled up to form a cushion.\nOr it could be an ornately decorated piece like this one from the Banjaras of Odisha:\n\nAsset 7-7 on wovensouls.com\n\nHere are some from Gujarat:\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nA common item associated with housework and chores has been decorated so beautifully!\nWhat is it that drives these women to compulsively make everything around them beautiful \u2013 decorating every object that they can lay their hands on!!\nToday \u2013 extended families live scattered across a region and relatives are constantly dropping in to visit, usually after a tedious journey in the heat. So the first welcome in any home is to offer the guest water and a piece of jaggery. This standard welcome within the home takes on larger proportions in weddings when the bride\u2019s family welcomes the groom\u2019s family.\nAnd for such ceremonial occasions, ornamented Indhonis are used:\n\nAnd here is a different type of Indhoni:\n\nThis type of construction is used to hang pots of butter and milk suspended from the beams on the roof of the house.\n\u201cWhat?\u00a0 Hang a pot of milk from the ceiling?? Why?\u201d\nSuch an arrangement finds a mention in the epic Mahabharat, in the stories of Lord Krishna\u2019s childhood. Although he was an adorable toddler, he was known as \u201cmaakhan chor\u201d or \u201cbutter thief\u201d as he stole pots and pots of their home-made butter and exasperated them!\nIn order to keep their butter and milk safe from him and his buddies, such devices were created. Today these hanging Indhonis are useful in avoiding mischief by cats!\n\nAsset 457 on wovensouls.com\n\nThe things I have learned about my own cultural history through things I had seen as \u201cart\u201d just amazes me!\nIn Indian folk art \u2013 nothing ever seems to be art for art\u2019s sake \u2013 art is always always always a palimpsest and merely acts the visible layer to attract viewers to the real treasure of the cultural context that lies beneath.\nAnd it is through these layers\nthat I, a person born\n\nin India\ngets\nsmitten by\nthe concept of India!\n***\nHere I am a dozen years ago \u2013 with the pot and an Indhoni trying very hard not to be clumsy!!\n\njm\nFeb 2017\nThe Indhonis are available on\n\nembroidery; costume; antiques; artifact; textile; textiles; old; vintage; antique; collection; collector; collectible; art; weaving; jewelry; ornament; dress; warp; weft; art; textiles; tribal textiles; hilltribe textiles; Asia textiles; Asian art; Asian textiles, antique bridal; antique wedding; antique folk art; antique tribal art; antique traditional art; antique ethnic art; antique folk textile; antique tribal textiles; antique traditional textiles; antique ethnic textiles; old textiles; vintage textiles; antique textiles; old tribal; old ethnic; old traditional; old cultural; old art; vintage tribal; vintage ethnic; vintage traditional; vintage cultural; vintage art; antique tribal; antique ethnic; antique traditional; antique cultural; antique art; antique textiles; antique cloth; antique fabric; antique cotton; antique silk; antique wool; antique embroidery; antique weaving; antique woven; art consultant; art commission; textile artwork; art curating; curator; interior art; interior design; wall art; art decor; decor; decor resource; fashion designer resource; stylist resource; architect; textile art; textile art commission; textile art curator; accent; style; accessory; d\u00e9cor; decorative textiles; upholstery; decorative fabric; vintage fabric; antique tribal textiles; antique Asian textiles; antique costume; antique Asian costume; antique textile collection; Asian antiques; antique fabric; antique Asian textile; antique tribal; vintage tribal textiles; antique Asian; antique India; antique ethnic; antique traditional; antique cultural; antique tribal; antique folk art; tribal art; old textile; old fabric; old cloth; old costume; textile website; antique textile gallery; antique weaving; tribal weaving; antique embroidery; tribal embroidery; antique tribal; antique ethnic; vintage indian; antiques store; online antiques; antiques store; antiques shop; gift shop; buy online; online shopping; buy; shop; store; singapore online; singapore antiques; singapore collectible; singapore d\u00e9cor; singapore art; singapore collector; singapore dealer; singapore online dealer; art store; antiques store; vintage store; art shop; antiques shop; vintage shop; art dealer; antiques dealer; vintage dealer; textiles dealer; buy art online; buy antiques online; buy collectibles online; art gallery; antiques gallery; vintage gallery; art gallery online; antique textiles online; antique paintings online; antique jewelry online; art collection; antiques collection; textile collection; costume collection; paintings collection; antique art collection; antique textile collection; antique costume collection; handmade; handwoven; handicraft; by hand; handloom; hand stitched; hand spun; hand made; hand woven, antique dealer, art dealer, antiques online, antiques shop, antique textiles shop, art gallery, art dealer, home d\u00e9cor, home style, style gallery, d\u00e9cor gallery, home d\u00e9cor shop, art shop, artwork shop, wall art, antique wall art, wall art online, interior decorator, interior designer,\n\u00a0\nThe post Home Decor Art: Embroidery on Pot Cushions appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.