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.
I use the United States Postal Service for shipping, usually using their flat rate envelopes and boxes. I can ship using 1st Class airmail, which is a lot cheaper, but it is not as secure. In the over 20 years that I have used the US Post Office, rarely has there been a loss of mail, although many countries do keep things in customs for a long time. If something is lost, we will process it through the US Post Office. This cannot be done until one month after the shipping date and takes a couple of weeks. I am not responsible for products lost in the mail.
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Cancellation / Return / Exchange Policy
I believe that customers should be 100% happy with what they buy from me, so will accept returns with no questions asked. Although the internet has made it much easier to access our beautiful world, there are many reasons something might not be quite what was expected. I try to photograph each piece as well as I can and give good descriptions, but if you are not happy with what you bought, do return it.
This bracelet is made of folded pieces of paper in what is known as the "candywrapper technique". It has about 60 pieces of paper that have been folded and interlocked with each other. Each row is sewn internally to the next one. I use fake gut. The beads are carved discs made from coconuts (Nigeria) and green soapstone.