Description: This is possibly a bedding cover (dharaniyo). It would be used to cover a pile of bedding, such as quilts, when they are not in use.
It is similar to work from Saurashtra, Gujerat, north west India.
The central area is embroidered in a floral trellis geometric pattern on a red cotton ground. The centre of each flower is a small shisha mirror.
The central area is surrounded by a border of blue linen, some 4.5cm wide, made from four strips of fabric. This, is turn, is surrounded by another 4.5cm border constructed from strips of the red fabric. The red border is further decorated by a saw tooth edge in white cotton, which has been applied with handstitching. The bases of the triangles are to the outer edge. Some tacking stitches are visible. The whole piece is finished with a piped blue linen edging.
(The method of applying a strip of fabric with cut and pressed triangles is thought to originate in Orissa.)
The piece is backed with cotton fabric, which shows the reverse side of the embroidery stitches as well as the saw tooth applique pattern. This indicates that the front cloth and backing fabric were stitiched as one, and the blue linen binding was used to neaten the edges.
The embroidered area shows evidence that the pattern has been sketched out by hand directly on to the fabric. The silk threads used include pink, purple, green, orange, yellow, blue, white, and burgundy. Stitches include herringbone, chain, fly, and the shisha mirrors appear to be attached using herringbone stitch.
Part of the Georgina and Raymond Mills Collection.