A large rectangular textile with silk floss embroidery worked in dense geometric patterns on a deep red plain weave cotton ground. The embroidery is worked in a surface satin stitch and covers nearly the entire front surface of the cloth. Very little silk has been carried on the back of the work; small pick stitches and "running stitches" (the reverse of linear passages of cross-stitch) are all that is visible. The central field of the veil is covered with white/off-white diamond shapes composed of four sets of concentric chevrons pointing inward. A narrow border of unworked red ground fabric remains around each diamond. The central field is bordered on both short sides of the veil by wide bands of orange/gold embroidery forming stripes of chevrons and diamonds; some of the diamonds are worked in bright pink, green, white and dark blue silk. Multi-colored diamonds are also picked out among the orange/gold work bordering one long side of the veil. The embroidery bordering the other long side of the veil is worked entirely in orange/gold silk.
Three loom widths of fabric (ranging from 15 ½" to 18" wide) have been joined selvedge to selvedge with long running stitches worked in a heavy cotton thread. Three widths form the full-sized veil. The embroidery was worked before the individual widths of fabric were joined. The short sides of the veil (weft-wise direction) are unfinished raw edges. A black ink stamp, "GK" inside a circular border, marks one corner of the back of the cloth. A manuscript "7" is written in black ink next to the stamp. An additional "GK" stamp is present on the opposite corner of the same edge of the veil.

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  • Title: bridal veil (phulkari)
  • Date Created: early 1900s
  • Rights: No Known Rights Holder
  • Medium / Support: cotton embroidered with silk
  • External Link: See this object at www.imamuseum.org
  • Dimensions: height: 101 1/4 in width: 49 3/4 in
  • Department: Textile and Fashion Arts
  • Credit Line: E. Hardey Adriance Fine Arts Acquisition Fund in memory of Marguerite Hardey Adriance
  • Accession Number: 2007.28