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Mirrored bag from recycled antique textiles Bg #23

by Indian Artisan and Indian tribal

$96.00 / On Sale

For those who remember the 70s with a fondness for cheesecloth and embroidery, for the aging hippy, the nouveau hippy or just those who appreciate authentic tribal textiles: this is the real deal!

The ladies of western Gujarat, India, have a long tradition of embellishing their clothes with fine stitchery and mirror work.
After the costume is no longer usable, the textiles are still valued and made into these great little bags.

Like the lines on an old face, any 'flaws' or mends in the fabric are a testament to and a celebration of its age. The hand-woven base fabric has been heavily over-stitched with various patterns and textures and the unusual square mirrors secured in place with tiny buttonhole stitches. Many cowrie shells cluster the edges and the whole bag is lined with a fine poplin shirting fabric. This is truly a minor work of art by an anonymous maker. So what if a few mirrors are missing or clouded with age? This fabric is antique, and lovingly re-purposed into this totally one-of-a-kind bag.

It measures 26cm high and 30cm wide laid flat with a square inset base.

We only have a small supply of these reincarnated bags, so if you can't resist the celebration of decoration and the marks of the hands that made them, hurry to the checkout before they are all gone.

10% OF THE SALE PRICE OF THIS ITEM GOES TO SOMEONE IN NEED