Vintage Indian Embroidered Textile, Ganesh, Hindu God, Embroidery, Wall Hanging
This gorgeous textile celebrates Ganesh, the Hindu god of letters and learning. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesha) I believe that it is from the state of Gujurat, which has a rich tradition in embroidery. The backing is old, faded yellow cotton. The embroidery threads in the center of the piece are silk and many have worn away, creating a delicate effect. The embroidered threads used to border the piece are cotton and thicker. Shisha mirrors decorate the piece all over. Textiles like these were often embroidered as part of a dowry that a young woman and her family would work on for years before marriage. Embroidery has also been a vibrant cottage industry selling to traders, the tourist market and to locals for hundreds of years. Estimated age: 1950’s Dimensions: 23″ wide x 25″ long Metric: 58.5 x 63.5 cm Shipping is free on this piece, worldwide. Please visit my store here on Etsy for many more gorgeous ethnic textiles and for things that I make, too. I combine shipping on multiple purchases, ship worldwide, and strive to support hand made textiles from many cultures. Free shipping on US orders over $100 and up to $20 credit on shipping costs for international orders over $100. The international shipping prices quoted are an estimated price with the discount included. There may need to be an adjustment depending on what the actual price turns out to be.
I have loved working with my hands since childhood and have tried many craft techniques, finally settling on the textile arts as my main form of expression. I like pulling bits and pieces together to make a greater whole, assembling textures on to a form. But, my bins of fabric are on hold for now as I recently discovered a new obsession, knitting! We'll see how all of these interests merge together over time... I have also sold supplies and tools that I purchase from traders or find in thrift stores. Textile remnants and printing blocks are two favorites I look for. So you might find these, along with what I make, in my shop.