Antique Embroidered Rabari Toran
25" High x 56" Wide
This toran was handmade by the nomadic Rabaris peoples in the desert of Gujarat. Torans are decorations placed over important doorways signifying welcome, protection & fertility. The tapering pennants or pattis represent mango leaves . They are considered auspicious & welcoming. The set of pennants are seen as a protection like a line of zig zag saw teeth. Women make these torans as part of their dowry goods using colorful bits of favorite cherished fabrics, some embroidered with a mutitude of designs , mirrors or beaded shaped by their hereditary community traditions. The motifs they use, colors and images can be read like a book to tell you where she came from & things that have happened in her life. It is a language in stitches.
Hand Made in Gujarat, India