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Embroidered Textile from Sindh, Cotton

1890/1950

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

The Thar Parkar district of Sindh, Pakistan, has a rich tradition of folk embroidery. Designs are abstract or very formalised representations of folowers and foliage, worked in primary colours using satin stitch. This symmertrically embroidered red textile has a central circular motif probably symbolising a lotus flower, surrounded by concentric circles of mirrors. The centre is flanked by diagonal rows of single-stemmed flowering plants, with a single row of peacocks on either side. On either side of the central panel are symmertrical patterns probably of the tree of life motif. A narrow embroidered border encloses the textile.

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  • Title: Embroidered Textile from Sindh, Cotton
  • Date Created: 1890/1950
  • Location Created: Sindh
  • Provenance: V&A Museum, Bombay
  • Creator: Unknown

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