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'Gelakdos' embroiderers

'Gelakdos' embroiderers

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 15/10(3)

Item number: 3

Length: 14.7

Width: 19.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a seated group embroidering carpets in the modern-day state of Jammu and Kashmir, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. These craftsmen are working on floor-coverings; the large central one in the image is known as a 'namdah', which is embroidered in chain stich with a hook called an 'ari', similar to a crochet hook. Namdahs are made of pressed wool felt, or wool and cotton, and are recognizable by their traditionally frayed edge. The designs are worked with woollen yarns and are influenced by the natural beauty of the Himalayan region; incorporating flowers, fruit, animals and local scenery as well as geometric patterns. Namdahs may be used as wall-hangings and also as bed-covers in colder climates.

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