yellow central rectangle bordered with red containing black central medallion with orange and red floral design; ten small circles on either side of medallion; wide black borders with orange and red organic design bands

Maternal veil (Pido), c. 1920

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In Rajasthan, the mother of a newborn son traditionally wore a yellow veil known as a pido. Ten small lotus medallions symbolized the months of pregnancy and birth, while a large central lotus signaled the creation of a new life. Asking for a pido was a time-honored way for a wife to tell her husband she was expecting.

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Maternal veil (Pido)
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Artist
Accession Number
2007.128.17
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yellow central rectangle bordered with red containing black central medallion with orange and red floral design; ten small circles on either side of medallion; wide black borders with orange and red organic design bands