Large Shawl from Gujarat (India)

Large shawl from Gujarat, India, c. AD 1900. Large shawl from Gujarat, India, c. AD 1900. © The Trustees of the British Museum, acc. no. 2012,3020.1.

The British Museum in London houses a large rectangular shawl from Gujarat, western India. It is made of black silk and is embroidered with chain stitch, showing alternate bands of white-petalled and crimson-petalled flowers. In the centre is a densely embroidered star-shaped motif with shisha work. The shawl is edged with bands of crimson satin. The shawl measures 195 x 170 cm.

According to curatorial information the shawl may originate from the Kutch region, and perhaps from the Banni district, and may date to the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries.

British Museum online catalogue (retrieved 9 January 2017).


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