Ajabgarh Vilage, Rajasthan
Rabari have a very rich cultural past and present. Embroidery is a vital,
living and evolving expression of the crafted textile tradition of the
Rabaris. As far back as the tribe’s collective memory stretches, Rabari
women have diligently embroidered textiles as an expression of
creativity, aesthetics and identity. Designs are taken from mythology
and the tribe’s desert surroundings. Girls learn the art of embroidery
at a young age, practising their new-found skills by working on a
collection of embroidered items that will later become their dowry.
This collection can sometimes take two or three years to complete.