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A Rajasthani Cloth Covered Vessel, a Bengali Kantha and Japanese Temari

July 17, 2011

I think this group looks good: a Bengali kantha is the backdrop to a large, Rajasthani cloth-covered appliqued lidded vessel and a group of five Japanese temari. The kantha is a lovely one: when viewed in its entirety is shows a tree of life surrounded by stylized, fanciful lotus and bird forms, as can be seen on the bottom of the photo, above.This vessel is really charming.  It measures about 10″/ 25.5 cm in diameter and it is made of a formed reed interior that has been covered in applique cotton.  Really delightful.The five colorful balls surrounding the large pot are Japanese temari.  Temari are children’s toys that were originally made from leftover threads which were wound into a ball whose exterior was adorned by a complex, geometric decoration.  These temari are probably from the late nineteenth through the early twentieth century.

It’s beautiful how harmonious these three seemingly disparate elements are.  And I think they’re a really pleasant group to view in summer.

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A Jumble of Small Indian Bags

July 13, 2011

Recently I acquired a group of small, hand stitched cotton Indian bags, mainly kantha bags from West Bengal.  They’re said to be “coin bags”, and their small size attests to this: they’re remarkably beautifully stitched and decorated.The image on the bag seen, above, is a stylized lotus, which symbolizes the universe in the world of kantha stitching.The stitching is dense, all-over, and expertly done.  The bags date to the first half of the twentieth century.  I’ll be showing one on the web shop today, and over time, I’ll be selling these one-by-one.

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