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Ahir Tribal Hand-embroidered Chakla

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Ahir Tribal Hand-embroidered Chakla

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Ahir Tribal Hand-embroidered Chakla

139.00

A chakla essentially is an embroidery in a square shape, hand-embroidered by a woman of the Ahir caste.  In a previous era, the Ahir were cattle traders, but now many men earn their living as long-distance truck drivers, plying the highways in tandome for weeks on end.  The women create lovely chain stitching in the shapes of peacocks, flowers and mandals (sacred circles). raw edges; ready to be made into a wall piece or pillow.  Some mirrors are missing.

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