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Door Hanging

Type: For Windows, Doors and Walls
Object Name: Door Hanging
Local Name: toran
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, India, Western India, Gujarat, Kutch
People: Ahir community
Period: Mid 20th century
Date: 1940 - 1950
Dimensions: L 24 cm x W 112 cm
Materials: Cotton; silk; glass mirror
Techniques: Embroidered; appliquéd; mirror work
ID Number: T93.0019
Credit: Gift of the estate of Eloise Anderson

In western India, toran are suspended above doorways. This tradition of placing something above a threshold – whether strung leaves, an architectural element, or cloth – has a long history in India. The objects overhead indicate an entrance to a sacred space or special area, and are associated with protection, fertility and good luck. Women of the household are generally responsible for making toran and they do so in the regional and hereditary style of their particular community.