AUD $48.00

Indian, Beaded "Idani" Cushion

This circular beaded "idani" cushion from Rajasthan, India is handmade to support and hold a water pot carried on a woman's head.Once again a chance for self expression is exhibited in the design of the beadwork, all handsewn using a mesh of tiny opaque and translucent seed beads.

Decorated with a simple sinuous blue vine with green leaves and stylized red and yellow flowers in a white background.  I particularly like the "abrash" colour variation in the red flowers, where it appears she ran out of opaque red and continued in translucent.

The stretched, gathered and tucked lining is a recycled deep brown synthetic "paisley" pattern.

The pots they carry, both clay and metal, have a convex base which sits comfortably nestled into these "idani" rings and in sand during filling.

And in the arid deserts of Rajasthan it can be a daily chore and very long walk to get water.

The Thar Desert being also known as "The Desert of Death" it's pretty barren with dusty soil, thorn bushes and the occasional arthritic tree, gnarled knuckles reaching up, trimmed of all small branches taken as foddder and fuel. (I rather like "The Dessert of Death" (sic))

Colour and pattern are greatly appreciated and worn both as jewellery and clothing.

Being handmade, genuinely Tribal and well used it is in surprisingly goo condition with only very minor wear, just some loose threads it

and a few beads goe around the base due to wear.

I've included this "idani" in textiles as the beadwork is threaded and created with a needle.

You may find other "idanis" and beadwork including tassels on this website, if you go to Textiles and have a scroll.

These are just another use of decorative beading for the collector to appreciate, enjoy !


Age: Late 20th Century.

Size: Diameter 145 mm x 154 mm, it's a bit oval.

Weight: 145 grams.