Small mid-20th century collectable ceremonial/festival RABARI tribal IDANI (head pad) covered in symbolic and collectable cowrie shells. Hand stitched, cotton plus wool Pom poms.
Collected from Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India. 12cm diameter circular head pad. 30cm total length including tail.
An IDANI is used on the head by women to carry water, firewood or other heavy objects. Highly decorated ones such as this may have been used for ceremonial or special occasions.
A striking and very unique piece for a collector of tribal clothing, hats/caps/headwear and makes a wonderful display item.
I purchased this IDANI from a third generation textile collector and trader at his home on the outskirts of Bhuj.