A COLLECTION OF BALOCH BHUJKI (DOWRY BAGS) AND OTHER TEXTILES
Pakistan and Rajasthan, North-Western India, first half of the 20th century
The cotton grounds of the bhujkis worked in coloured silks in a variety of techniques, including buttonhole, chain, satin, and couched stitching, embellished with shells, mirror-work, and beadwork, with bright tassels and woven string fastenings, the largest 34cm x 24cm when extended; and a selection of Indian textiles, including a Rajasthani saddle-cover of red cotton centre, appliqued in white cut-work cotton, and mirror-work within a border of indigo cotton, similarly worked with a repeating jali design, 192cm x 140cm; a Thatta chaupar (dice game) cloth, the cross-shaped sides of red cotton, chequered into the game’s grid in coloured silks with discs and crossed lines, the centre of similarly worked green cotton concealing a pocket for games pieces, 83cm x 82cm; a Nara (Attock, Pakistan Punjab) jainamaz (prayer mat), the white ground appliqued with cut-work stylised designs and geometric quilting shapes in bright cotton segments, the running stitch in black cotton, lined in orange cotton, 120cm x 64cm; a Rajasthani cover of white cotton, intricately worked in polychrome cottons and silks in mirror-worked discs linked by linear designs, the multiple border of cotton strips quilted and appliqued with repeating geometric designs, 57cm x 81cm; and a Thatta lungi (sash or turban cloth) of silk, woven with repeating stripes of red, green, yellow, and blue in a diapered design, 464cm x 48cm.
Provenance (Rajasthani group of Baloch bhujkis): Bonhams London, 5 July 2006, lot 339A.
Encapsulating a near-glossary of techniques and materials, this group of textiles and accessories exemplifies the range and diversity of crafts in some of the most distinguished textile hubs of the region.
Estimated at £1,000 - £1,500