Hand embroidered Blouse, Kapdu, Kutch (Gujarat)
Early 20th century,
Dimensions – 92 X 33 CM
Short blouse handmade in Kanbi embroidery is a part of clothing used to cover upper body below neckline. It is worn with Ghagra (skirt) and Dupatta (veil). The size and style may vary as per the community or caste.
The Rabari shepherd, Kanbi farming, Ahir herding castes as well as the peasant communities of Saurashtra are the main who practice this embroidery also known as Kutchi embroidery. They embroider in white, yellow, green and red, mainly on red, orange, white, black, or green cotton or satin. The embroidery is distinguished by its predominant chain and open-chain stitching and motifs like floral patterns, parrots or peacocks.
Multi-color blouse that has floral patterns with combination of Kanbi embroidery and Applique work using threads and fabric enhances its look.