Beautiful Jain art rendered in beadwork and framed.
Note the structure of the stitches in the beadwork - these have all been laid at angles to each other - a technique that is no longer practiced.
Note also the uneven character of the beads that are a mark of the older process of production that is no longer in use.
Saathiyo designs such as these are created on walls and floors using paste or powder by the woman of the house, on a daily basis in the mornings. Some complex patterns such as this one, are reserved for special occasions.
Rendering in beads and using the artwork to decorate an auspicious ritual object is done for the wedding of one's son or daughter.
Age and origin unknown - estimated to be from the early-mid 1900s
12 x 10 x 1 inch
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.