Door hanging (toran)

Historical period(s)
20th century
Cotton fabric with reverse applique
H x W: 83 x 130 cm (32 11/16 x 51 3/16 in)
India, Gujarat state
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


Provenance research underway.

This is a reverse applique (katabwork) door hanging (toran) with six pointed pendants. Cut-out designs of animal-like shapes in red, blue and green are on a white background. It was made by and for the merchant community in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Applique work there is often done by older women, whose eyes are no longer sharp enough for embroidery.

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