The original creators of Mata niPacchedi are the Vaghari nomads who lived along the edges of the Sabarmati river in Gujarat. Literally translating to ‘behind the Mother Goddess”, these textiles are sacred, wall art pieces that are used as a backdrop for shrines. The original style only involved the use of two colours - black and red, made out of natural dyes. The illustrations on the cloth consist of a central deity surrounded by designs that depict nature, light, animals and artistic creations all worshipping the Goddess. The designs are made using hand block prints and freehand painting.