691 Vintage Dowry Bag from Khambhaat with vibrant colors

This type of bag is used to pack gifts and treasures that the bride takes to her new home.

The smaller ones such as this one are meant for jewellery while larger ones are meant for carrying clothing.

White uniquely woven cotton base that gives it a 3-D effect

Embellished with embroidery and old plastic buttons

Applique work seen in the bottom panel. Some of these applique motifs have been 'plumped up' or raised by filling in material beneath to give a 3D effect.

The bag has been handstitched.

A few spots of minor damage in the white areas on the front as well as back.

Gujarat

21 x 14 inches

Estimated to be from the 1970s


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This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.

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