Indian Silk Embroidery - Chamba Rumal
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1910: item # 1178406
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Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938
This is a very specific variety of Indian textile called a Chamba Rumal. It is a square of unbleached thin hand spun muslin on which silk floss has been embroidered in such a way that the piece is entirely double sided.
A rumal is a kerchief or cover and rumals were used primarily as coverings for gifts or offerings. Chamba refers to the region of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh noted both for these rumals and for the exquisite style of the Phahari and Kaugra school of painting. When an offering was made to temple gods or gifts exchanged between the families of bride and grooms, an embroidered rumal was always used as wrappings. Chamba rumals were also used in temples as a backdrop to or a canopy for a deity. More information is available with an internet search.
This example measures 30 by 30 inches and likely dates from the early 20th century. It is truly double-sided. The colors are fresh and vibrant and the condition is very good but for a small amount of red bleeding.