This traditional window or door decoration is a great example of moti bharat kaam (bead work weaving) from a village of herders in Western India.
Moti Bharat kaam is a remarkable form of embroidery of the Gujarat region. It differs from other styles in that the beads are not sewn on to cloth, but fashioned directly into articles using a tri-bead weaving method. The white beads form the solid base and the vibrant colorful beads are used for the motifs and borders. The beads are compressed during the process, leaving no gaps in the final product.
Torans are used to decorate the main entrance of the home during marriages and festivals and are meant to please and attract the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. The toran is the first thing that welcomes guests.
Nainaben is the artisan who made this piece, and she proudly posed for this pic when I visited her village with my Kasu Tours group.
Hang it in the traditional manner across a door or window, or adorn a special garment with it.
With the addition of a tiny button and loop on the ends, this would make an amazing collar or necklace.
This beautiful and rare artifact measures 95 x 15 cm.
Only one in stock - possibly the only one in the country.
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