Well preserved Large Mata Ni Pachedi - a ceremonial altar textile used by the Vaghri people in Gujarat.
These are used at community gatherings and the size of the original pieces is usually large so as to be viewable by many. Used only during prayer functions and otherwise kept with care and reverence.
In the recent times, smaller and finer artworks are being produced for commercial sale.
The larger ones are the original ones that were meant for use by the community.
This is one of the few large pieces that come up for sale commercially as the large pieces are not produced for commerce but for self-consumption.
Since the early 2000s this art is being produced commercially and is used in urban homes in India for decorative purposes - the visuals in the recent productions are extremely detailed and dense and command very high prices. This one being an old piece made for authentic use, has large figures that may be seen by all the people who gather together as a group.
The figures can be created either by hand painting or block printing. This piece is block printed and then hand dyed.
Coarse cotton base.
Condition is good but might have some minor usage related issues.
134cm x 97cm
Estimated to be from the 1950s
Mataji ni Pachedi
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.