Hand Stitched Antique Rajasthani Shisha mirror Patchwork bags
Antique Rajasthani Shisha mirror Patchwork bags. Patches are made from repurposed Shirts and dresses. Due to work each one is unique. If you would like to see photos of the exact one email us. We are glad to send photos.
Shisha (glass) or mirrorwork embroidery is most common in India's north western states, with Kutch, a district of Gujarat, a particularly rich source. Beyond solely decorative use, some communities believe mirrorwork is auspicious as a tool for warding off the evil eye, reflecting bad luck and evil spirits away from the wearer.
The reflective elements of shisha work may have originally developed from the use of naturally occurring mica (a mineral with a shiny surface). However, from the 19th century onwards pieces of specially made mirrored glass were widely available. Traditionally, mirrored glass was blown by hand and then cut into different shapes, using special scissors dampened to prevent shards from scattering. Today thicker factory-made glass is more common.