Gomukhi – Bag for japamala (rosary)
Gomukhi is a cloth bag which is used for storing the japamala . Devotees use this bag even while doing meditating or chanting. That is the reason why gomukhi is in shape of upside down ‘L’ so that the devotees can move the rosary easily while chanting. These bags are made of cotton as well as silk cloth which are decorated either by printing or embroidery. The designs include the name of gods or auspicious motifs.
The present Gomukhi is embroidered on both sides. On one side it is embroidered with floral creepers with birds,a cow, sun, and lotus while on other side it has floral creepers with birds, moon , cow and Venugopal Krishna. These designs indicates that the Gomukhi must be belonging to a vaishnavite devotee.
Gift of Dr. Kalpana Desai.
Textiles and Costumes of India
Satin silk, Silk threads
Aari embroidery (chain-stitch embroidery)
Early 20th Century CE