A Sparkling Rajasthani Embroidered Pouch: Faux Pearl Trim
ca. mid twentieth century
12 1/2" x 8 1/2", 32 cm x 21.5 cm
This envelope-shaped bag comes from India's state of Rajasthan and is said to have been made by the Meghwal people. It is just stunning for its superb workmanship, its great condition, its fine and delicious coloration and its beautiful design and pattern.
The base cloth is cotton, but this can barely be seen due
to the heavily embellished surface: the skin of this bag is studded
with stupendously good silvered thread couching, fluffy red cotton pompoms, mirror work and is crammed with expertly stitched embroidery, to which
there is no sun fading or loss. A row of orange-toned faux pearls trim the topmost edge of the bag and two pompoms decorate each of the two bottom corners.
This bag feels wonderful in the hand; it is heavily laden with decoration and this is obvious when you pick up the bag to admire it. It is a truly splendid thing, and a cut above the rest which you have not doubt seen before: this one is in near-mint condition, and is luxuriously beautiful.
Absolutely beautiful hand work and artistry.