Odhni, or rectangular shawl of black-ground silk, embroidered all over in the mochi or chain-stitch style, with a mass of stylised floral motifs, with alternate rows of crimson-petalled and white-petalled flowers. At the centre is a magnificent star-shaped cluster of dense embroidery and mirror-work. The edges of the shawl are lined with crimson satin. From Kutch in the desert region of the western districts of the modern state of Gujarat, probably from Banni District, and dating to the late 19th/early 20th centuries.
- Made in: Gujarat (Kutch, probably Banni District)
- Length: 192 centimetres
- Width: 165.5 centimetres
For a white ground cotton shawl with comparable red embroidery from modern-day Pakistan, now in the BM collections, see Paine, Sheila. Embroidery from India and Pakistan. Fabric Folios. British Museum Press. 2001: 78-79.
For a closely related, though yellow-ground silk example in the collection of the V&A, see Crill, Rosemary 'Indian Embroidery'. V&A Publications, 1999. cat 86, pages 19 and 93.
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Object reference number: RFI44058
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