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Fan

Type: For Personal Adornment
Object Name: Fan
Local Name: vinjhana
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, India, Western India, Gujarat, Kutch, Bhuj
People: Mochi
Period: Early 20th century
Date: 1900 - 1930
Dimensions: L 46 cm x W 29 cm
Materials: Silk; wood
Techniques: Embroidered; painted; fringed
ID Number: T94.0812b
Credit: From the Opekar / Webster Collection

By the beginning of the 19th century, members of the Mochi community (former professional leather workers) were embroidering on silk for the ladies of the court of Bhuj, Gujarat. The Mochi were skilled with the ari, a fine awl with a tiny hook at the end, and used it to produce beautiful chain-stitch embroidery. In addition to feminine apparel, the Mochi also decorated ceremonial items such as this vinjhana for fanning the wedding couple during the marriage ceremony.