Rabari Shawl - Wild Silk & Cotton - Sweets


A one of a kind masterpiece. Both contemporary and traditional. Three communities who have traditionally collaborated in their work and tribal cloth in the Kachchh Desert have worked on this shawl - the spinners, weavers, and the embroiderers. 

The Dhabria Rabari have a distinct style of embroidery and applique and each woman embeds a piece of her creative intuition and style into each shawl. A unique expression of the embroiderer.

Fibre: Tussar silk and cotton.

Process: Handwoven tussar silk and cotton, hand-embroidered by village artisans in Kachchh, India. 

Size is approx. 39" x 86" (99cm x 218cm)

Note: This embroidery piece is one of a kind.

Care Instructions: Hand wash in cool water. To protect natural dyes and natural fabric you absolutely must use a pH neutral liquid detergent. Roll in a towel to remove excess water and hang to dry. 

Recommended detergents: Ecos, Eucalan, or a mild liquid detergent no higher than pH 7.


The language of stitches builds within a community over hundreds of years. It is a source of identity that is transferred from one generation to the next. It is learned in the same way a spoken language is learned; with children sitting beside the adults. In an oral culture, the stitched language records everything of importance from the epic to the personal.

Maiwa works with embroiderers through many co-operative structures within India. The women embroider, design, market, and innovate as entrepreneur artisans. The goal is financial self-determination and empowerment through education and a clear sense of the value of their work.