Embroidered Indian Turban Band

Indian turban band, second half 18th century. Indian turban band, second half 18th century. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acc. no. O17082.

Illustrated is an example of an Indian turban band, now housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The band was made in either Faizabad or Lucknow (India) during the second half of the eighteenth century. The band is 64.5 x 10.5 cm in size (including the fringe). It is made of velvet on a canvas base. It is decorated with floss silk embroidery, silver and silver gilt wire and spangles.

The main design is a row of sixteen rectangular compartments, each with a flame-like motif. The ground of each compartment is filled with flattened silver stripes (plate). At either end is a D-shaped compartment containing embroidered flower heads with paired leaves. The border is decorated with imitation jewels, made from embroidered velvet.

Source: SWALLOW, Deborah and John GUY (eds., 1990). Arts of India: 1550-1900. London: V&A Publications, p. 180, pl. 158.

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 20 June 2016).


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