AUD $48.00

Indian, Beaded Pot 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 "zig zagging" olive green line with seperating redand white triangles, (except when you turn it then they are still triangles but the colours have changed to deep blue and yellow) with an interesting red/white/green border. I particularly like the "abrash" colour variation in the red areas, where it appears she ran out of opaque red and continued in translucent.

This "idani" is almost a pair to RB102 and appears to have a seperate panel of beading inserted into the design, that is different only in detail ie the green border is  deep blue. For display or the Bead Collector, the chance to use a pair adds interest and height to your display.

The lining, beads and pattern are identical. There also appears to be some machine sttching on the mustard insert, too, it may be a repair or restorationThe stretched, gathered and tucked lining is a recycled deep red and buff printed cotton.

The pots they carry, both clay and metal, have a convex base which sits comfortably nestled into the "idani" ring, 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 good condition with only very minor wear, just a couple of small loose threads it seems. (I love the mustard cotton insert applied to balance the design.)

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 Bead Collector to appreciate, enjoy !


Age: Late 20th Century.

Size: Diameter  140 mm x 148 mm, it's a bit oval.

Weight: 150 grams.