Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra
What a fantastic word to describe the veil
ROOH = Spirit or Soul
BAND = Shut or closed
For it is the the soul that must be captured, it is the soul that must be protected.
You may see a person completely naked but unless you exchange spirits through the eyes, there is no connection – no bond.
Placing a veil over the eyes ensures that no one sees the spirit unless the spirit wishes it. Anonymity. Protection. Through a RoohBand.
Most veils are created to make the visual blander than it really is. To ensure that eyes do not rest upon the visual. Most veils are simple and plain and functional. Created not to attract but to deflect the vision.
But the exquisite tadjik veil is attractive and beautiful and made as a piece of art.
A vintage example that represents this groups of textiles well. Embroidered in silk thread, the peacocks and flowers are the main motifs on all Tadjik Roobands. This one is also lined with Ikat borders. The little rectangular net acts as a peephole for the veiled wearer.
This work of art is from the wovensouls collection.