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Black Embroidered Saami Ralli

Black Embroidered Saami Ralli
Mai Bhagi
Badin, Sindh, Pakistan
1990
58" x 80"
Cotton
MSU Museum Accession 2008:121.15
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

Saami women have excelled in ralli embroidery. This one is made by Mai Bhagi of Badin. (Badin is the only semi-permanent community for the nomadic Saami.) With access to bright and durable threads, the women have continued to develop their craft. The black background fabric highlights the stitches. Each row of stitching parallels the neighboring row. This is amazing considering it is stitched without a quilting frame or any other device to hold it evenly. The back on this one is pieced yellow.




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