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SOLD Hand-embroidered Banjara nomad's purse, Western Rajasthan, India

SOLD Hand-embroidered Banjara nomad's purse, Western Rajasthan, India

$40.00


Circa mid to late 20th century. I bought this little vintage hand-embroidered Banjara nomad's purse when I was at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan. These pouches are used to store small items - money, mirrors, jewellery etc. This festival is held annually in the very holy and famous ancient town of Pushkar in Rajasthan where hundreds of nomad Rabari camel herders gather to buy and sell camels and other handicrafts and celebrate an important Hindu festival. 

This purse/pouch measures 15cm x 17cm and is finely embroidered on both sides (see photos) in colours of muted yellows, moss green, black, desert orange and brown on a base of handloom cotton. There are two tiny holes (approx .7cm) on one side (see photo).

Note colours are deeper with more of a brown hue than photos depict.