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Hand Embroidered Wall Painting


Region: Bihar, India
Size: 25.5 X 31.5 Inches


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The needle craft style of Bihar is called Sujani. Women today stitch their experience, their sorrows and their realities on the Sujani. Each
Sujani tells a tale. Hanging depicts various daily life scenes of village. Wedding scene has been prominently embroidered in the center
besides mother with kids busy in different activities on cotton fabric.

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Toran
Region : Kutch Gujarat, India
Size : 31 X 41 Inches

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Toran or bandanwaar is a textile piece from Gujarat with round small mirrors and triangular hangings. Traditionally
every house in Kutch region of Gujarat is decorated with these colourful embroidered wall hangings. These cotton
embroidered panels are decorated on the entrance door of any household done by women in Gujarat.

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Square table cloth


Region: Gujarat, India
Size: 34 inches x 34 inches


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Square cotton table cloth with soof embroidery. Geometric and alpana (floral decoration) style in design
is surrounded with artistically arranged motifs of peacocks, borders, thread, tassels.

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Kantha Wall hanging, hand embroidery


Region: West Bengal, India
Size: 64 inches x 34 inches


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A modern interpretation of Nakshi kantha with mixture of traditional (dancing girl, mother goddess, unicorn seal etc.)and
contemporary motifs like elephant, peacock, man and women are working in filed.
Kantha is a needle craft of West Bengal. The stitching is also used to make simple quilts, commonly known as Nakshi
Kantha.

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Chanderi Saree, Magenta Zari brocade


Region: Madhya Pradesh, India
Size: 220 inches x 45 inches

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Chanderi saree having peacock motif on the field and plain zari border on the pallu(the end panel)

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Daboo print Saree, Maroon


Region: Madhya Pradesh, India
Size: 226 inches x45 inches

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Dabu and handblock printed cotton saree with zari border

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Batik Saree, Mustard and brown


Cotton fabric with conch shell finish
Region: West Bengal, India
Size: 188 inches x 46 inches

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Batik textiles are one of the ancient forms of handloom and fabric painting of India. The batik is a wax resist technique.
The entire process of batik is tedious / time taking and need meticulously artistry. The wax resist is first applied, which is
then followed by dyeing and the de-waxing process is observed by careful cracking of the wax.
Above Saree : Beautiful yellow field with maroon border cotton batik saree is one of the popular styles of Bengal. The
stylized floral and deer pattern has been done in contrast color on the broad border.

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Jamdani Saree, Dull yellow, silver and gold


Region: Benaras, Uttar Pradesh , India
Size: 220 inches x 45 inches

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Hand woven cotton Jamdani saree illustrates diagonally arranged floral creeper in white and off white colour all over the
field. The pallu (end panel) is decorated with row of kalka pattern and the border is decorated with foliage pattern.


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Ikat Saree, Black and mustard


Region: Orrisa, India
Size: 218 inches x 47 inches

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Ikat textiles are known throughout the world as Ikkat, a derivative of the Malay word mengikat meaning
to tie or to bind. Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process
similar to tie-dye on either the warp of weft fibres.
Above Saree : Hand woven black field with yellow border ikat saree is decorated with stylized floral buta
(big size motif) all over and pallu(the end panel). While row of narrow beaded borders are on border
makes this saree very attractive.

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Zardozi embroidered carpet


Region: Northern India
Size: 62 inches x 37 inches


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Zardozi embroidery is done with metal wire and metal pieces or sequins on velvet, satin and heavy silk bases. This
traditional needle-craft is one of the most famous and elaborate techniques in metal embroidery.
Zardozi carpet is decorated with small flower motifs all over the field of this rectangular carpet gives the impression of a
garden. Use of semi precious sand stones and jewels in floral pattern gives it a rich look.

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Hand knotted silk carpet


Region: Kashmir, India
Size: 30 inches x 48 inches


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Silk hand knotted carpet depicts the Persian style hunting scenes all over the field as well as on borders.
Lots of human and animal figures in full motions is the popular pattern often seen in paintings during the
Mughal period.


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Kantha Embroidered Circular canopy


Region: West Bengal, India
Size: 72 inches diameter



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Handcrafted needle work embroidery canopy with intricate floral pattern. Traditionally
canopy, parasol and big pillows were used for rath yatras in India. The blue swans in outer
circle lends aesthetics to the fully covered flower and fauna.
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Hand Painted silk panel


Region: Rajasthan, India
Size: 42.5 inches x 32 inches


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Silk hanging painted with tree of life with in rectangular frame surrounded with two borders. This
pattern is a copy of famous chintz (floral printed pattern cotton fabric) which was in demand in
European market in 20the century

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The Tree of Life (Applique work)
Region: Rajasthan, Northern India
Size: 60 inches x 90 inches

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Appliqu work hanging depicts Tree of life pattern in stylized manner. The big size tree is surrounded
by animal and birds. The tones and shades of blue make this hanging very attractive.

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Bed Spread in Dabu print technique, Embroidered


Region: Rajasthan, Northern India
Size: 87 inches x 102 inches

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Cotton dabu printed bed cover ornamented with kantha embroidery. Diamond and star patterned are all over the madder
color field along with wavy stripped border. Dabu is a resist printing technique seen in Rajasthan and Gujarat

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Embroidered Silk Dining table cover (Kantha Stich)


Region: West Bengal, Eastern India
Size: 64 inches x 84 inches


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Black silk table cloth/ bed cover is very intricately embroidered with foliage patterned all
over the field in a colorful manner.

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Kalamkari Srikalhasti Wall hanging


Region: Andhra Pradesh, Western India
Size:72 inches x 48 inches

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Kalamkari hanging illustrates the scenes from Epic Mahabharata. These scenes have been arranged horizontal,
while centre frame depicts the court scene of Yudhishtar, eldest prince of Pandava clan, with his wife Draupadi and
brothers, courtiers, saints etc. Remaining scenes depict Kauravas and Pandavas are playing chaupar, Arjunas
penance for weapons etc.
Kalamkari or hand painted is an exquisite ancient craft of painted and printed fabrics. It derives its name from
Kalam meaning Pen and Kari meaning work, literally pen-work. It includes hand painting as well as block printing
with vegetable dyes.

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Pata-chitra Painting
Region: Orrisa, India
Size: 20 inches x 30 inches

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Painted Pata-chitra depicts the kandarapa- ratha (chariot of kandarpa, the God of love) in the shape of
boat. Beautiful boat shaped chariot is composed of numerous females and Krishna-Radha are in the centre.
Pata-chitra paintings are traditional art forms of the state of Orissa. This is an animated artform that potrays
the folk tales of the inhabitants of Orissa.

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Kalamkari Srikalahasti" Wall hanging
Region: Andhra Pradesh, India
Size: 24 inches x 23 inches

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Kalamkari square textile wall hanging illustrates the Rati and Kamadeva (God-Goddess of
love) holds bow and arrow rides on parrot.


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Wall painting Phad- Pabuji ki par
Region: Rajasthan, Western India
Size: 15 inches x 30 inches

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Wall hanging in predominant red color depicts the narrative of a folk story of the Rajasthan.

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Wall painting Phad- Pabuji ki par
Region: Rajasthan, Western India
Size: 15 inches x 30 inches

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Wall hanging in predominant red color depicts the narrative of a folk story of the Rajasthan.

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Phulkaree embroidered stole
Region: Punjab, North west India
Size: 88 inches x 20 inches

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Phulkaree ideates the expression of love in matrilineal fashion in the traditional


patriarchal society in Punjab in northern India. This needlecraft is popularly known as
phulkaree. Phul is a hindi term for flower and kari refers to embroidery. The main
characteristics of Phulkaree embroidery is use of darn stitch on the wrong side of coarse
cotton cloth Kantha with coloured silken thread.
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Cushion - Phulkaree
Region: Punjab, North west India
Size: 16 inches x 16 inches

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Phulkaree ideates the expression of love in matrilineal fashion in the traditional patriarchal
society in Punjab in northern India. This needlecraft is popularly known as phulkaree. Phul
is a hindi term for flower and kari refers to embroidery. The main characteristics of
Phulkaree embroidery is use of darn stitch on the wrong side of coarse cotton cloth Kantha
with coloured silken thread.
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Chamba Rumal
Region: Himachal Pradesh, India
Size: 20 inches x 20 inches

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Chamba is a region in Himachal Pradesh, India. The rumals are usually square pieces of
cloth beautifully embroidered and used to cover gifts and offerings. Traditionally the
rumals were exchanged between the families of the bride and groom.
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Chamba Rumal
Region: Himachal Pradesh, India
Size: 20 inches x 20 inches

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Chamba is a region in Himachal Pradesh, India. The rumals are usually square pieces of cloth
beautifully embroidered and used to cover gifts and offerings. Traditionally the rumals were
exchanged between the families of the bride and groom.
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Fully structured hand woven Contemporary jacket
Region: Nagaland, India
Size 40;
Length 21 inches



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Waist Coat woven with traditional motifs of Nagaland like crossed arrows with fringes.
Arrow arranged in flower shape is contemporization of traditional designs

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Wrap-around skirt textile in traditional woven fabric
Region: Nagaland, India
Size: 58 inches x 38 inches



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Wraparound skirt is woven with traditional motifs in thick red and black alternative stripped
patterns that are unstitched textile. Referred in Meghalya as Gena Rikhing the dress
materials for everyday use produced on the primitive looms by the female folks are a visual
delight.
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Ornament Girdle of colorful Beads;


Traditional Necklace from Nagaland

Women of Nagaland are fond of a colourful beaded necklace. These beads are symbolic of
culture and traditions of North East India.
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Woven stole
Region: Nagaland, India
Size: 63 inches x 9 inches


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Nagaland outfit is completed with stole, which usually women use to weave on their back
strap loom. This traditional stole depicts animals, geometric motifs with yellow and white on
black background gives attractive look.
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Contemporary silk scarf,
Crinkled leharia with shibori style of tie & dye
Region: Rajasthan,Western India
Size: 90 inches x 44 inches

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Rajasthan and Gujarat are known for bandhej or tie & dye or tie resist patterned cotton and
silk fabrics. Lehariya (literally waves) is a wave patterned warp resists dyed fabric typical of
Rajasthan and Jamnagar in Gujarat. This is a method of dyeing cloth by binding, stitching,
folding, twisting and compressing.
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Silk odhani (head covering for female),


in "Bandhini" style of tie & dye
Region: Rajasthan, Western India
Size: 80 inches x 22 inches

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The craft of Bandhani involves dyeing a fabric which is tightly tied with thread at several
points to resist the dye, producing a pattern when the threads are removed. Bandhani
began about 5000 years ago and is the oldest tie and dye tradition that is still practiced. It
comes in a variety of designs, colors and motifs that are region specific.
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Cushion- with needle craft traditions


Region: Gujarat, India
Size: 16 inches x16 inches

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Cushion cover printed and embroidered in square pattern and small mirrors abhala are also
used. Abhala is the embroidery where small round pieces of mirrors are fixed on to the fabric
using buttonhole stitch. The embroidery is done in a herringbone stitch using silk thread. The
embroidery threads used are rust, light green, indigo, blue, deep red, pink and purple in
colours.
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Cushion- Azrak resist dyeing/printing on cotton fabric


Region: Bhuj, Gujrat, India
Size:17 inches x 17 inches

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Cushion cover printed in square pattern done in ajrakh style with applique work.
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Cushion- Cotton Thread Embroidery
Region: Bihar, India
Size: 16 inches x16 inches

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Cushion cover depicts the scene of playground where children are playing with balloon
with ice cream seller in the center etc. The sujani needle craft of Bihar.
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Cushion- Chikankari Embroidery on silk fabric
Region: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Size: 16 inches x 16 inches

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The name Chikan has been derived from the Persian word Chakin or Chiken meaning a cloth
wrought with needlework. Chikan began as a type of white-on-white embroidery. The
patterns and effects created depend on the types of stitches and the thicknesses of the
threads used in the embroidery. Some of the varieties of stitches used include backstitch,
chain stitch and hemstitch.
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Wall hanging - Bead work
Region: Gujarat, India
Size:13 inches x 11 inches

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Colourful bead work on textile as small wall hanging depicts peacock in the center. Floral
pattern in the borders radiates playful agility and creativity of embroiderers of Gujarat.

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Hand painting Wall hanging - Warli Art


Region: Maharashtra, India
Size: 18 inches x 28 inches

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Hand painted wall hanging on fabric illustrates the daily life scenes of village of India


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The indigo patterns 2012


Traditional Azrak Resist Dyeing prints (by Artist: Shelly Jyoti)
Region: Bhuj, Gujarat,Western India

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Cushion - Phulkaree
Region: Punjab, North west India
Size: 14 inches x 14 inches

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Phulkaree embroidery of Punjab is a traditional, gendered heritage textile art that is done
on hand spun coarse cotton fabric. This utilizes simple darn stitched in varied ways with
untwisted silk thread in patterns of flowers. The embroidery ranges from striking
geometric medallions in reds, tonal shades of oranges, brown and maroons through
almost monochromatic golden tapestry-like fabric.
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