Moti Bharat 110cm x 55cm approx Bead work or Moti Bharat is a needlework craft that was introduced into western India comparatively recently. In the 19th century, Bhattia and Bania traders from Kutch and Saurashtra were based in Zanziber and were engaged in the trade with East Africa. One of the main item of trade with east Africa was the Venetian Murano Beads. Around 1850, these traders began to bring these beads into India. The Kingdom of Saurashtra in what is today southern Gujarat State. (Suarashtra’s name survives in the modern city of Surat in Gujarat). The art of bead embroidery was only practiced in one small area of modern Gujarat, where it is associated with the ancient city of Kutch, and was limited to only two villages, which are said to be the only places producing this distinctly Indian style. Furthermore, this beadwork was produced only by members of the Kathi land owning caste (and presumably their servants). Sadly production apparently ceased in the 1940s. Please understand that this is a vintage item, some place has little damage according the years, like a little color from the embroidered thread (not so much) has run and stained the fabric...But the biggest charm of this piece is the feeling of nostalgia and its because of the time marks. Gypsies of India... The Banjara, also called Lamani are a class of usually described as nomadic people from the Indian state of Rajasthan. Women are known to wear colorful and beautiful costumes and have mehendi tattoos on their hands. They use mirror chips and often coins to decorate it. Their ornaments are made up of silver rings, ivory bangles, coins, chain, cowry shells...that they used to use them as currency in old time India. About shipping from India* Please read my policy page. Your jewelries are important and valuable, I want to be as sure as I can. http://www.etsy.com/shop/BotanicaExotica/policy Thank you!