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Rabari applique camel cover Western India

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Rabari applique camel cover Western India
The Rabari form a semi-nomadic community of camel herders in the remote desert region of western Gujarat and Rajasthan in India. The women are famous for their needle work, both embroidery and appliqué.

This camel cover is a fine example of their appliqué work. Each surface element is cut out, folded over and hand stitched onto a rectangle or square of red or blue. Then the pieces are stitched together into a large rectangle, with an oval cut out to go over the hump of the camel. The whole is then sewn onto a backing of light green cotton (not illustrated).

The condition is very good with only a few loose threads, no holes, and a hardly noticeable amount of bleeding of the red onto the white. The piece measures 60 by 48 inches.

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