This beautiful, heavily embroidered Gujarati textile is locally known as a chandervo which means canopy. It would’ve been once used at weddings, in homes and festivals such as Navratri (9 holy nights) in Gujarat and would've taken months to hand embroider. This traditional canopy features embroidered animals such as peacocks, parrots, cows, elephants, medallions, which are a traditional folk art icon representing creation; flowers offer blessings in fertility, sequins, the Hindu Gods Ganesh, Krishna and Lakshmi, as well as folk people playing instruments and dancing Dandiya Raas (traditional folk dance form of Gujarat) in the middle.
The edges are lined with cotton gauze which look so beautiful draping down when used as a canopy but also looks wonderful when used as a wall hanging or throw.
It has a new backing and hooks in each corner and in the center on the back where you can use it as a canopy.
This beautiful piece is in fantastic vintage condition but it does have a very small amount of water damage where it had been left out in the rain at a festival some other marks which is common for a piece of this age.
Bring a bit of western India into your home with this beautiful bohemian textile with an incredible amount of history behind it!
Size: 67” x 63” excluding cotton gauze frills.
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For millenniums, India has produced sophisticated textiles and with its’ location on the Silk Route they have been traded throughout the world. In India, textiles are to be found everywhere. They were made for the family to wear, for adorning animals and homes, for religious ceremonies, festivals, births and dowries. These embroideries were a significant part of the traditional way of Indian culture. Two of the most sacred old texts of India, The Ramayana and The Mahabharata, speak to how these textiles were used over four thousand years ago.
The most commonly used background fabric is woven cotton with embroidery thread of cotton, silk, wool, silver and gold. The present day Indian states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Andhra Pradesh, which are particularly arid, desert regions, make some of the finest and brightest needlework textiles in the world. It is said: The harsher the environment, the harder the life, the brighter the color, the greater and more intricate the craft. The women of the State of Gujarat, particularly, are known for their prolific and exquisite embroideries. The finer the embroideries the higher the status of the woman in her husband’s family.
Please Note these items are hand crafted vintage items.
-No two items are identical
-Coins and engravings are not perfect or symmetrical
-Dents, scratches and missing links, stones or coins may occur
These are not faults or imperfections, they tell the story of the history and traditions in which they originate from, and should be embraced.