AUD $68.00

Pakistani, Tobacco Pouch

Emboidered cotton "Tobacco Pouch " from Sindh, in Southern Pakistan.
Probably of the “Sutar” Carpenter Caste, from Thar Parkar, Sindh. (Once again, a very similar one is described in “Traditional Indian Textiles” by John Gillow and Nicholas Barnard, T&H, 1991.)

A border of small “shisha” mirrors (three are cracked) and multi coloured cottons embroidered on to a faded red handspun and woven cotton ground.
With one of two (?) cotton and glass bead tassels remaining, on one corner.
These borders surround a central_"tree of life"_ motif, sewn in characteristic triangles of satin stitch.

There is no draw string, as you often see, but the long neck can be folded down and tucked in the belt.
Very similar in shape to “salt bags” used by nomads to carry salt for their livestock but smaller and more intimate.

Not that very old (although the cracked mirrors and faded colour indicate some age) when it was collected in Bhuj, Gujurat in 1991. (That’s well before the 2001 earthquake destroyed the famously beautiful city and most of the surrounding areas.)

Age: Late 20th Century.

Size: H 24 cm x W 18 cm.

Weight: 30 grams.