This neck cover or Ghughi is from the North-West of India from the Saurashtra peninsular Gujarat. There are three main styles of embroidery; the Kathipa domestic embroidery worked with flossed silk in an elongated chain stitch, geometric designs. The figurative work of the Kanbi and associated Farming Castes and the Ganesh Hangings.
This equine neck cover is made by the Kanbe farming caste. It would have been made for celebrations such as weddings. This is entirely geometric in design and vibrantly coloured with yellow, green, white, cerise and purple on a red background. It is in beautiful condition. The pale green rayon edge has been machine stitched but the rest is all hand embroidered. The frill is of a very coarse cotton. It is heavily decorated with mica buttons and would look wonderful in full sunshine.
Circa 1960, from poll to neck 3’2” (97 cm). Long edge 5’1” (156 cm).
Provenance John Gillow, purchased for Private collection 1990’s approx value £160.