Vintage Hand-Embroidered Belt

Vintage Hand-Embroidered Belt

$199.99
Decorative Belts used by dancers in India (Primarily Gujarat and Rajasthan) These Belts are all hand stitched and most are adorned with glass.  This  ancient art of embroidery which was created in the 17th Century is called Shisha. The belts are usually adorned with tin, silver or coins. However, later, these were replaced by glass blown into large thin bubbles and broken into small pieces for this use. (shisha mirrors) These mirrors have a convex curve due to this process. special scissors were used that are repeatedly dampened to prevent flying shards, and snip them into smaller circular shapes.  Often you will see both arts on one belt. 25.5" Long and 4" Wide
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  • Type: Vintage/Antique

Decorative Belts used by dancers in India (Primarily Gujarat and Rajasthan) These Belts are all hand stitched and most are adorned with glass.  This  ancient art of embroidery which was created in the 17th Century is called Shisha. The belts are usually adorned with tin, silver or coins. However, later, these were replaced by glass blown into large thin bubbles and broken into small pieces for this use. (shisha mirrors) These mirrors have a convex curve due to this process. special scissors were used that are repeatedly dampened to prevent flying shards, and snip them into smaller circular shapes.  Often you will see both arts on one belt.


25.5" Long and 4" Wide

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