Mata ni Pachedi
Traditionally,the Vaghris of Gujarat produce the Mata ni Pachedi(literally meaning ('behind the mother Goddess').It is a rectangular cloth printed and painted in red,black and white.The white is usually the orginal ground of the material while the other colours are vegetable dyes.This painted cloth is used to create an enclosure for the shrine of the goddess within which she is invoked and appeased.
This painted scroll originated as a temporary altar for the community that was constantly on move.The central part of the painted scroll depicts the goddess in one of her many avatars(manifestations)seated on her vahana (Vehicle)mesha(male black goat).In front of her is the bhopa(priest)leading the black male goat to be sacrificed to her.The mythological episodes and figures of other gods and goddesses.Vihat,Narsingabir and Kalika are the other main deities of Vaghri community.
Textiles and Costumes of India
Cotton with painting and block printing
19th Century CE