Vintage greenish black silk organza pallu w/ swastika kalash and heavy beading

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Vintage silk organza sari pallu with a woven pattern of swastikas and kalash pots . An interesting greenish black color.  Decorated with copper metallic chain work, gold glass tubular & blue-green round beads, and iridescent sequins. It has a fringe on the bottom edge.

The Nice checkerboard pattern of swastikas and kalash.  The abundant  beading, chaining, and sequins, and the unusual color make for a very interesting piece.

The pallu is the decorative end of the sari that is brought over the shoulder. Please see the glossary for more information on the kalash, and the swastika.

It measures 64 cm long by 106 cm wide, and weighs 275 grams.

A pallu is well suited to being made into a wall hanging or other decorative element.

*Kalash”: The Kalash is a sacred waterpot – a symbol of Creation, Divinity and Immortality and an essential accessory for Hindu Puja. The kalash is filled with pure water and mango or betel nut leaves arranged around the mouth. Betel nut, copper coins and grains are added and for those who can afford it five precious stones like pearl, diamond, emerald, sapphire, ruby and gold.
Finally, a coconut is placed on the mouth of the kalash and a red and yellow sacred thread tied around the kalash.
During any Hindu ritual worship, it is customary to invite all the deities to attend the event and bless the devotees. The kalash provides a place for the deities to be seated – the seats being represented by the leaves. In some scriptural hymns the kalash embodies the unity of the Hindu trinity. The mouth is the seat of Vishnu, the throat the seat of Shiva and the base the seat of Brahma. The belly represents all goddesses and the Divine Mother. Thus in this small urn the presence of all gods and goddesses is symbolized. This exemplifies that all the gods are essentially one and are emanations of the same Supreme Power. The kalash is often seen in combination with the swastika.

*Swastika: In South Asia, the swastika is omnipresent as a symbol of wealth and good fortune. It is used as a religious symbol in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, which can be traced to pre-modern traditions. In the Sinosphere, countries and regions that were historically influenced by the culture of China, such as Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and China itself, the symbol is most commonly associated with Buddhism. They are commonly found in Buddhist temples, religious artifacts, texts related to Buddhism and schools founded by Buddhist religious groups.

Additional information

Weight .5 kg
Dimensions 64 × 106 cm


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