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

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

responded: Jan 18, 2013

Posted by Barbara Derghazarian

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I had two ideas, none of which involved food! I guess that shows my cultural bias.First I thought of using it as a baby quilt, one that would be on the floor for the baby to play on. Babies love bright colours, textures and lots of little details. The fabric is full of different shapes and images. A creative babysitter could certainly use her/his imagination to make up stories ! Secondly,this fabric mesmerises me because of the 4 wheels which seem to be in motion. And the bright joyful colours give off energy. My other choice would be to make a cushion to bring life to a room.

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