AUD $70.00

Indian, Brass Sari Stencil.

Here’s a simple working tool for applying repeated fine designs of glue to a silk sari.
The brass cap is filled with a glue called "roghan" which is mixed with either gold or silver dust.

Then when the handle is inserted and the stamp pressed down onto the sari it exudes the design onto the fabric. (in effect creating a repeat of the fine gold/silver details cut into the brass.)

A very practical design, with an simply turned plain wooden handle and a perforated brass cap that fits over the end.

The cylindrical brass cap has a finely pierced “flower head” design in the end to release the glue onto the sari.

Found in Pakistan but old enough to precede Independence and Seperation in 1947 so I’m calling them Indian.

We had these put aside for ages as we weren’t sure what they were, too small to print fabric not right for a seal.
Then I found them illustrated and described in a Library book, on returning it, sadly, it disappeared without trace.

So I can’t give an accurate name for this obscure tool, the quest continues.

This one has a residue of dried glue in the cap, blocking the stencil.
To clear it, I’d try warm water first to see if that’s enough, after that turpentine or white spirits carefully applied may clear it.
If not, what could be more genuine than the actual "roghan"?

Both the wooden handle and the brass cap (especially) have acquired a deep patina of age, I hope you don’t decide to polish them as it would only remove the age from the brass.

The creative Artist or Craftsman will easily think laterally to find a use for these intriquing tools.

There are also more of these Sari Stamps listed in Textiles.

Or just search for "sari stamp" on this site.

Age: Early/Mid 20th Century.

Size: H 146 mm x W 27 mm.

Weight: 94 grams.