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Snake Charmer Quilt - Evening Sky

Sale price$580.00


Vintage Snake Charmer Quilt from the nomadic Saami community of the Sindh region of Pakistan, with a style of fine, hand stitched embroidery that is unique to this group. Snake charmers are not entertainers but rather they perform a religious function in the area that crosses between Hindu and Muslim (Sufi) religions. Traditionally, the snake charmers who would roam from village to village, and, sitting on their quilts, would play the been - a musical snake instrument. The stitches are said to represent different knids of snakes. 

The cultural significance of the quilts runs deep as they are mostly made for wedding dowry and then used for bedcovers, furniture covers, floor rugs, wraps in cold weather and baby cradles. They are mentioned in old Urdu and Sufi poetry and are also gifted to the holy men of these areas.  

The deep grey blue of the front of this piece is offset by a deeper purple blue patch almost the whole length down one vertical side. The deep colours are cnotrasted with detailed and delicate open sititching in various patterns, as well as simple running stitich. The reverse side is a neutral mid grey.

Beautiful piece on a bed or couch, or used as a wrap.

Textile Book: Saami Quilts 


Snake Charmer Quilt - Evening Sky
Snake Charmer Quilt - Evening Sky Sale price$580.00