An Intensely Decorated Embroidered Rajasthani Bag: Superb Condition
ca. mid twentieth century
15 1/2" x 9 1/4", 39.5 cm x 23.5 cm
Wow. 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 symmetry of design and pattern.
The base cloth is madder dyed cotton, but this can barely be seen due to the heavily embellished surface: the skin of this bag is studded with stupendously good mirror work (only one of the many mirrors is missing) and is crammed with expertly stitched embroidery, to which there is virtually no sun fading or loss. A simple, pearlized white button crowns the peak of the bag.
This bag feels wonderful in the hand; it is heavily laded with decoration and this weight 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.