Food cover

On special occasions, Indians use ceremonial cloths, or rumal, to cover elaborate metal serving dishes. Embroidered in silk, this rumal depicts a spiritual dance called Rasa Iila, in which the (blue) god Krishna appears with his milkmaids, called gopis. As the supreme mystic, Krishna takes on multiple forms and dances in their midst.


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    Food Cover

    Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Himachal Pradesh, Chamba

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    Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Sindh

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    Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Himachal Pradesh

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What would you use this cloth for if you didn’t know it was meant for covering food?

responded: Jan 28, 2012

Posted by MRobb

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My initial reaction to this piece was that it was a blanket of some sort that would be used in the home. I also thought it would be a beautiful piece of art work that could easily be hung in a very eclectic home. The colours are enticing and speak to a joyous occasion that are could be depicted through the imagery. Not knowing that this rumal was from India, I instantly found a slight relationship to the traditional dress of Peruvians because of the combination of colours and imagery. Thou, the peruvian imagery is much more detailed I found relation in colour. It is very interesting that this cloth is used to cover food because food is usually the center of attention during special occasions.

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