Notes on Culture & Antique Art, Ethnic Decor & Vintage Fashion | Wovensouls Art Gallery
I’ve collected Gujarat Textiles for decades.
And have come across many ‘canopy’ textiles for sale – that are used as a cover over the goddess deity during ceremonies.
Further my roots are IN Gujarat.
And I grew up in a neighbourhood that was 50% Gujarati.
AND YET I had not seen any in use in all the 57 years of life.
Sounds odd if you think about it.
So when I saw one 2 days ago I did not even recognise it for what it was initially.
This was put up over the staapna of the presiding goddess Amba for the festival of Navratri or 9 nights. And one of the ways to celebrate that festival is to gather together in the village square (or your apartment complex) to dance in a circle.
This is a good example of how ignorant one can be, in spite of having deep access to a culture.
Here is the picture of the Gujarat canopy textile of which we see many many on Ebay.
[The red & green textile hanging overhead]