Medium Reshmi Embroidered Lumbar Pillow in Multicolor III

Antique and Vintage




Antique and Vintage Medium Reshmi Embroidered Lumbar Pillow in Multicolor III

• Vintage Textile
• Detailed Hand Crafted Embroidery
• "Shisha" Mirror-Work
• Likely from Kutch, Gujarat
• Textile is Approximately 50-60 years old
• Patterned & Textured
• Down Insert Included
• Removable Cover
• Hidden Zipper Closure
• Unique Variations in Color & Texture

This textile was likely created as a dowry gift and therefore was carefully preserved over the years. Mirrors like the ones in this pillow, are used in tribal embroidery and are traditionally made from hand-blown artisan glass. Artisans in Kapadvanj, Gujarat, are still producing mirrors using a method first developed by the ancient Romans. Handmade glass has many imperfections: bubbles, lines and cracks. The irregularities add character and are much sought after being embroiderers. The tendency of these mirrors to turn darker as the metals oxidize together with imperfections of the glass itself has led them to be referred to as "black glass". The rationale for the use of mirrors is consistent across many tribal communities - they are primarily auspicious and defensive. Mirrors ward off the evil eye, reflecting it back on the sender.

Material: 50% Cotton, 50% Linen
Cushion: 90% White Goose Feathers, 10% Down
Care: Remove Insert; Dry Clean Only
Size: 29" x 14.5" x7"
Origin: Handcrafted in India

Condition: Good. Item Has Minor Fabric Abrasions Which May Be Noticeable; Or, Fabric May Be Weak from Time And/Or Conditions.

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