Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
Also known as gharchola or ghatchola in Gujarati and Kutchi, it means “an outfit for home.” It is usually a saree made of fine cotton or silk, decorated with bandhani (tie-dyed) motifs on a field divided into squares by woven gold or silver zari work. It is traditionally dyed red, which is considered an auspicious colour, with the bandhani dots in white or yellow. The most popular gharcholu designs are the bar bhag (twelve sections) and bavan bhag (fifty-two sections). Their names denote the number of squares or motifs in the design.