Treasures from Rajasthan (India).
Beautiful & Original Vintage Rabari Blanket/Shawl with enormous embroidery.
Made of heavy CamelWool. Size: 210cm x 95cm
You can use this Blanket as a Shawl/Cape, daily Cover for your Bed or Sofa or as a beautiful Wallcarpet.
The Rabari, also called the Rewari or Desai, are an indigenous tribal caste of nomadic cattle and camel herders and shepherds that live throughout northwest India, primarily in the states of Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan. Other Rabari groups also live in Pakistan, especially in the region of the Sindh Desert. The word "Rabari" translates as "outsiders", a fair description of their primary occupation and status within Indian society.
Embroidery is a vital, living and evolving expression of the crafted textile tradition of the Rabaris. As far back as the group’s collective memory stretches, Rabari women have diligently embroidered textiles as an expression of creativity, aesthetics and identity. Designs are taken from mythology and the indigenous peoples’ desert surroundings. Girls learn the art of embroidery at a young age, practising their new-found skills by working on a collection of embroidered items that will later become their dowry. This collection can sometimes take two or three years to complete.
With buying this piece you support the traditional craft(wo)manshift and the culture of the Rabari Tribe in North India. It is Culture to Wear.
The Blankets are Pre-washed. As it is an original and handmade vintage piece, there might be little distortions. Nevertheless, as we handpicked them ourselves, they should be in a very good condition.