Written on October 18, 2011
I really like the square-shaped Sindhi ralli hanging on the wall above the Japanese tansu. To me, it’s wonderfully empty: the decorative border around a central void is kind of sophisticated.There is a stack of four Bengali kanthas on the right of the photo, above.But back to the cotton ralli–it’s probably a sitting mat. It’s about four layers thick and its densely, intensely stitched. The border is printed with banners that read “makuja nipokee.” Does anyone know what that means?And standing here are two Rajasthani cotton turbans, dyed by pleating and twisting and called mothara. I really like some of India’s folk textiles and I try to find those that talk to Japanese folk cloth. I think these do.