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Among the desert communities in the state of Gujarat these vibrant embroidered door-hangings suspended over the entrance to homes and important rooms. They are signs of welcome as well as they play and important ritual role because of their ancient and sacred origins. Next to embroidered motifs like flowers and animals the mirrors are an significant element. Their dazzling surfaces deflect the evils eye, that otherwise will destroy fertiliy and bring misfortune. The torans played always an important part of the woman’s dowries. Many communities in Gujarat hang onold Toran on the main entrance for the whole year as protection, and a new one is hung for Diwali and weddings.
These traditional canopy used as a decoration during ceremonies, depicting floral shoots and creepers embroidererd using darn, chain and herringbone stiches.
Canopy of the Kanbi caste from Saurashtra, Mid 20th. century
Size 0,85 x 1,37 m
All handmade, Cotton with cotton threads