I do not seek out Banjara textiles \u2026 yet when they do come my way, they tend to consume a lot of attention and love.\nHere are two cholis or blouses I found recently.\n\nThe animal motif is not common.\n\u00a0\n\n\nObservations:\n1. The cholis or the blouses seen earlier are of a totally different style of banjara textiles. These were the first I saw without mirrors or embellishments and embroidered in the style seen on gallaas or patches.\n2. The\u00a0 slubs in the handwoven cotton indicate that the spinning of the yarn was also rough and rustic. Delicious!\n\n3. The more I look, the more I become aware of the details \u2013 the white accents created with minimal embroidery along the applique white borders.\u00a0 \n\n\n[bad picture \u2013 will replace it soon]\n4. Finally a look at the back reveals a strange unfamiliar technique. It is almost as if the stitch has been braided at the back rather than embroidered with a needle \u2013 somewhat like the split-ply work done on camel-harnesses in Rajasthan.\n\nFront\n\n\nObverse\n\n\nDetail of Obverse\n\n\nThis technique seems to be much harder work than the simple cross stitch so why? Maybe because it would add an additional layer? Maybe it is just a quick adaptation of a technique used on larger rougher pieces?\n5. Finally, sifting through all the Banjara work there seem to be at least 4 different styles of textile art practiced. Now that the thought has occurred, it will be impossible not to investigate the reasons for these differences. Are these\u00a0 the creations of different sub-tribes? Or is it that one style is used for one function of textiles? Or is it just a matter of what mood the artist is in when she begins her artwork?\nAn older note on the same subject:\nMystical Banjara Textiles.\njm\nOct 31, 2014\n\u00a0\nUPDATE (Nov 2, 2014)\nSteve Wallace, a collector [from Adelaide Australia] replied with pictures of pieces from his Banjara collection acquired about 25 years ago.\nBoth pieces are similar to the one above as they have animals and birds and what\u2019s more \u2013 even humans!\nOne directly from\u00a0 a Banjara woman and one from the state emporium of Maharashtra state. This gives us a clue that this type of work might represent the work from Banjaras settled in Maharashtra and not further South.\nThe Choli Blouse:\n\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Peacocks and as Steve suggests \u2013 peahens.\n\nThe Betel Nut Case:\n\nA child riding a buffalo?\nA temple?\nAll very interesting motifs. All of the pieces on this page have similar work and are from the same group. But these are altogether different from the other Banjara works seen\u2026.\nThe mystery continues.\njm Nov 2014\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nBy Jaina Mishra\nBy wovensouls\nThe post Mystical Banjara Textiles \u2013 continued appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.