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  • Description

    Woman's neck-piece, to cover nape, which hangs from head ring (indhoni) on which the woman carries a pot water; red woven cotton cloth, backed with pale brown woven cotton cloth, covered entirely with embroidery in orange, white, green, red, blue and black cotton thread; purple wool thread, white cotton thread and cowrie shell bobbles and tassles along lower edge, cowrie shells sewn around three sides, and top edge oversewn with red and green cotton thread; white cotton thread loops along top edge.


  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 20thC
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 30 centimetres
    • Width: 23 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Paine 2001:33: Banjara community, Deccan, central India. Neckpiece ‘galla'. Neckpieces of this kind hand over the back of a woman's head, protecting her nape from the strong sun. theya re usually attached to a padded ring on her head, called an ‘indohni', which enables her to carry heavy water-pots. The cinnamon-coloured cotton is solidly embroidered in brick stitch, in cotton thread. The edging of cowrie shells is traditional, and matted pompoms of purple silk give added talismanic protection.


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    Not on display

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