RARE HAND EMBROIDERED JOGI 'SNAKE CHARMER' QUILT | PAKISTAN SINDH
Magnificent and create Black Cobra hand embroidered quilt (ralli) made by Jogi (snake charmer) caste in Sindh, Pakistan. This caste holds all the knowledge of snakes which is passed down from father to son.
They are named 'Black Cobra' because the distinctive hand embroidery gives the impression of snake skin.
If a snake bites someone they will go to the Jogi people to be treated. This caste is also the snake charmers seen all over Pakistan and India playing the mesmerising horn to the snake. Snakes are wrapped in baskets that as then tied up with quilts.
100% hand-embroidered on black background using bright cotton thread: white, blues, greens, red and yellow... traditional Sindhi colours.
Two pieces of thin material sandwiched together without wadding. The back is plain light beige and reverse of sticking can be seen.
I purchased this quilt from Ali my translator in Pakistan who travelled with me to the Thar Desert on my search for interesting handmade tribal quilts. I was particularly looking for these Jogi Black Cobra quilts (also called Saami (nomadic herder) quilts) as I had seen pictures of them on museum websites. I visited the town where the Jogi and Sammi people lived but did not find any quilts. Many months later Ali contacted me with a picture of this quilt and a very small one which the owners wanted to sell as there had been a flood and the sale of the quilts would help them to rebuild. I bought them both and am thrilled to have them in my shop.
Wash in cold water by hand or on 'hand wash' cycle of washing machine.