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Snake Charmer Quilt - Desert Reflection

Sale price$620.00


Vintage Snake Charmer Quilt from the nomadic Saami community of the Sindh region of Pakistan, with a style of 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.  

Unusual earthy colour on the front, with detailed and delicate open sititching in various patterns, as well as simple running stitich. A narrow rectangular patch of a slightly lighter colour gives the impression of `refelction'

Reverse side is a pathwork of muted checks and plain muted coloured fabrics 

A beautiful and unique piece  - on the bed, as a throw, or a wall hanging

Textile Book: Saami Quilts