In the hamlets of southwestern Rajasthan you won't spot a
solitary house without an embroidered toran or frieze hung above the
doorway. The women of this region and adjoining Kutch and Saurashtra
districts of Gujarat are adept at needlework. Embroidered torans, odhnis,
shawls, ghagras (long, flowing skirt) and blouses that come to life with
colorful motifs and the sparkle of tiny mirrors or shishas, are a
compulsory part of their bridal dowry.
There are also embroidered
leather bags, saddles and ethnic footwear (popularly dubbed mojdis or
jooties), but these are chiefly the domain of men.