Carrying case

Historical period(s)
20th century
Cotton fabric, mirror glass Open chain, buttonhole, and stem stitches; laid work
H x W: 35.5 x 24.5 cm (14 x 9 5/8 in)
India or Pakistan, Gujarat State or Sindh province, Kutch
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. M. Bryant
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Costume and Textile


buttonhole stitch, chain stitch, couching, India, mirrorwork, Pakistan
Provenance research underway.

The embroidery style known as pakko (related to pakka, literally well-done) is characterized by black outlines around filled areas of color; this bag is embroidered with silk cloth. Of interest is the avoidance of symmetry in the design as a strategy to ward off the inauspicious (nazar ne laga). The background cloth is vegetable-dye printed cloth known as ajrak, which comes from Dhamarka region in Kutch. Women carry these small bags when they go to special events such as weddings. Cardamom seeds are usually carried within the bags.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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