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Dowry Bag

Type: For Personal Adornment
Object Name: Dowry Bag
Local Name: kothali
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Rajasthan
Period: Mid 20th century
Date: 1940 - 1960
Dimensions: L 44 cm x W 36 cm
Materials: Cotton; glass mirror
Techniques: Plain woven; embroidered; quilted; pompom; mirror work
ID Number: T85.0869
Credit: Gift of Dr. Howard Gorman

Simple stitches and clever colour variations create an abstract and dramatic design on this bag, which is used to transport and store a bride’s dowry. The stitching reinforces the fabric of the bag that will see years of use after the marriage celebrations.