This gorgeous textile celebrates Ganesh, the Hindu god of letters and learning. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesha) I believe that it is from the state of Gujurat, which has a rich tradition in embroidery.
The backing is old, faded yellow cotton. The embroidery threads in the center of the piece are silk and many have worn away, creating a delicate effect. The embroidered threads used to border the piece are cotton and thicker. Shisha mirrors decorate the piece all over.
Textiles like these were often embroidered as part of a dowry that a young woman and her family would work on for years before marriage. Embroidery has also been a vibrant cottage industry selling to traders, the tourist market and to locals for hundreds of years.
Estimated age: 1950's Price: $275
Dimensions: 23" wide x 25" long
Metric: 58.5 x 63.5 cm
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