Used by the Rabari people who were pastoral nomads
Their lifestyle required them to maintain the ability to pack up and leave as they moved frequently.
Their fleet of camels were used to transport their belongings including pots and pans and cradles and blankets. In such scenarios, large sacks were made out of cloth to be used as luggage.
Decorated pieces were given to the bride during her wedding by her close family. This is one such sack.
Several layers of cotton have been stitched together like a quilt for strength.
The embroidery and the applique work on the bands is colorful and bears the motifs that are the signatures of identity of the Rabari group.
This type of ornamentation is from the Debariya group of Rabaris
Over 5 feet long
Age unknown but estimated to be from the 1960s-1970s
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.