A Very Small Stitched Indian Pouch: Banjara
ca. mid twentieth century
7 1/2" x 5", 19 cm x 12.5 cm
This is chunky, very small cotton bag is made of layers of cloth that have been hand stitched together. This is an Indian bag which is made by the Banjara, a nomadic group who are known for their vibrantly colored and stitched textiles.
As can easily be seen, this small bag is very densely hand embroidered with cotton thread. The bag itself has been used hard as can be seen by the color fading to the embroidery and by the general, overall wear to the piece. What is really nice is that it is sewn off-center: a square cloth was folded like one would an envelope in order to make this pouch. Most likely the maker of this bag started with an off-square and ended up with this asymmetrical little pocket.