Moti Bharat is a craft being practised by the various communities, residing in the western part of India, i.e. Kutch, Gujarat. Crafting among them is seen as more than producing personal and household articles; it is a celebration of skill and tradition passed down through generations.
The paper aims to analyse the dowry tradition practiced for generations which has now been discontinued within the Rabari community. Products created using craft skills form a major part of the dowry tradition which was a reflection of the skills and social status of the woman and the community. The craft which was once the pride of the community, drastically affected the life of the community, which led to the abolishment of the tradition and the decline in moti bharat craft in the Rabari community.
Both Primary and secondary data are used for this research. The tools used for the data collection included field observation, immersion, interviews, etc. Secondary research also included data available with government, non-government bodies, literature survey of libraries and studies that have been undertaken in the area and related subjects.
The paper presents the moti bharat embroidery tradition and adversities faced by the Rabari women and the community which led to the abolishment of the dowry tradition by the community. The present status of the Moti bharat craft, factors which led to the abolishment of dowry in reference to the Rabari community is also reflected in the study.
Gupta, E., & Bhandari, V. (2020). Dowries of Kutch: Rabari Tradition. https://oaks.kent.edu/node/10453
Gupta, Ekta, and Vandana Bhandari. 2020. “Dowries of Kutch: Rabari Tradition”. https://oaks.kent.edu/node/10453.
Gupta, E., and V. Bhandari. Dowries of Kutch: Rabari Tradition. June 2020, https://oaks.kent.edu/node/10453.