KAR8 Vintage Banjara bag with cowrie daisies. $150. Purse: 40cm deep (including pendants), width 24cm (including cowrie shell border). Strap's hanging length: 41cm.Weight c 360gms. Wear it, or frame it for an amazing and unique piece of wall art!
According to JJ Roy Burman, Laman Banjaras originally came from Afghanistan before settling in Rajasthan and other parts of India (Wikipedia) - a fact that seemed very familiar to the Afghan trader from whom we bought this. Although Banjara style bags are very much in trend, the ones you see in fashion magazines are mostly modern interpretations. This bag uses a vintage embroidered panel, bordered with cowrie shells and cowrie pendants, reworked with a modern but simply finished and lightweight cotton lining, fastened with a simple wooden fastening bead. The embroidery itself however is incredibly intricate, showcasing the best of Banjara needlework techniques. Although the inset mirror work shows some slight cracking and weathering, this is due to its age rather than faulty workmanship. The stitching itself is a mix of cross stitch, stem stitch, herringbone stitch, chain stitch, blanket stitch, running stitch and appliqué work. The warm yet lively colour scheme gives an indication of the creative energy of these skilled needleworkers. Just perfect for you -or your wall!