For now, this collection only includes a few pieces, and
from two diverse places: Bhutan and India.
Bhutanese textiles are only rarely seen outside of the
Himalayas, and old pieces like the ones we offer are even
THE BANJARA OF INDIA
Their name means ‘gypsy’, and though originally
from the desert regions of Rajasthan, the Banjara people
now live and move through 22 states in India. Primarily
nomadic, they produce textiles for their own use from available
resources. Natural dyes abound, as does handspun and handwoven
cotton. Their use of embroidery is especially well-suited
for a migratory people, as are the types of textile made.
Surprisingly, given the ease of creating natural motifs
with embroidery, their designs do not include plants or
animals, but are more geometric. Various embroidery techniques
are used and serve as a way of differentiating between certain
groups and locales. The use of cowrie shells, mirrors, beads,
buttons, and tassles is for protection and to deflect the
a concern shared with many other nomadic groups. We especially
like their color sense and the freshness of their designs.
The works resonate with the honesty of the maker’s
vision and circumstances of their lifestyle.
The Textile Museum of Canada has a nice collection of similar Banjara pieces.