Large mid-20th century collectable ceremonial/festival RABARI tribal IDANI (head pad) collected from Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India. 19cm diameter x 8cm deep x 27cm 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.
Highly decorated circular, tightly packed straw covered in maroon cotton embroidered with dense typically Rabari button-hole stitch embroidery and shisha (mirror) work, multi-coloured camel or goat hair pompoms and white buttons. The tail consists of 2 blue and red embroidered spheres with a ring of small shells between them. 19 x silk multi-coloured wrapped cords are bound together and decorated with white buttons. At the end are 54 muti-coloured camel or goat hair pompoms. A striking and very unique piece for a collector.
I purchased this IDANI from a third generation textile collector and trader at his home on the outskirts of Bhuj.