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SOLD / Vintage hand-embroidered clutch bag recycled from old Rajasthani quilt/gudri with hand-printed, natural dyed Balotra cotton lining.

SOLD / Vintage hand-embroidered clutch bag recycled from old Rajasthani quilt/gudri with hand-printed, natural dyed Balotra cotton lining.

$45.00


I bought this gorgeous clutch/bag in the ancient and holy town of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India at the annual camel festival where Rabari nomads gather in their thousands to sell their camels. This zippered bag with inside mobile phone pocket measures 29cm x 20cm and it has been recycled from an old beautifully hand-embroidered quilt/gudri. Photos of the quite different designs and colours of the front and back can be seen below. It is lined with famous BALOTRA cotton fabric that has been hand-block printed and hand dyed in natural dyes of indigo, madder and other plants in designs which specify identity for western Rajasthani people in the Balotra region. This is the only place in the world where people still dress in fabrics printed with very specific symbols that identify their specific occupation, marriage state, age etc. This fabric is still produced exactly as it has been for generations and can only be purchased in Balotra. 

The lining design in this bag is 'bhalka' print with a bold repeat of large spear or arrow head motifs traditional for Gadia Lohar itinerant iron workers historically renowned for the fierce defence of their identity and skilled manufacturers of the 'bhalka' spear. For further information on designs see: Ronald,E: 'Balotra: the complex language of print' Anokhi Museum of hand printing. AMHP Publications 2007 (Keryn has a copy if you wish to find out more).