Vintage Toran - 4
As these are vintage they will have marks and stains.
The 'bari' (wedding Arch) is a toran in the shape of an archway, popular over the last forty years. These are worked in herringbone stitch with some of the outlines in stem stitch and are produced by the Kanbi of Kutch.
Ganesh resides in the center of the arch and is flanked by figures of the gods interspersed with flowers, birds and animals.
The best woman artists in the village draw out of the embroidery designs with a think stick in black ink or soot.
In Kutch and Saurashtra a toran is hung above the doorway of the main room in the house, the pennants that hand down from it represents mango leaves. Symbols of good luck and a welcoming device to gods and men.
The Circle represents eternity
a Zig Zag line represents lightning and water
a Meandering line represents the path of life.
The triangle or 'yoni; represents female fertility
the Mango, Spiral, Disc and Peacock feather all represents the life force of the sun.
The Lotus flower represents the world being born from the sun.
The Swastika also represents the sun. The word 'swasti' means auspicious, benevolent, good wishes. Swastikas are painted on the doors of houses to ward off evil spirits. The right handed swastika moves in a clockwise direction and the left handed in a anti - clockwise direction. The latter is considered an evil omen and generally never used.
The Shisa mirrors which decorate so much of the embroidery, both keep away wild animals and also deflect the glance of an ill washer.
Sometimes it will be noticed that a little bit of embroidery has been left unfinished. In Muslim communities this is because only Allah is perfect and in Hindu communities to avoid arousing jealousy in the onlooker.