Indian subcontinent

Indian subcontinent

A temple banner from Nepal. dated to the fifteenth century, is housed in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The banner measures 40,5 x 32 cm. The cotton banner is embroidered with silk thread and shows Vishnu and his consort, Lakhshmi, positioned on the eagle, Garuda.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses a cotton temple panel from Nepal, dated to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, embroidered with silk, using brick, satin and chain stitch. The embroidery illustrates a mythological scene.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York houses a quilted fragment of tent lining from eighteenth century India. It has a cotton back material and silk thread embroidery. It measures 170 x 142 cm. The embroidery shows the characteristic Mughal motif of a flowering plant in an arched niche.

The British Library houses a photograph of three embroiderers from Jammu and Kashmir in the northwest of the Indian subcontinent. The photograph was taken in the 1890's. The craftsmen are embroidering tablecloths, bed-spreads or other types of coverings, using a needle, rather than an ari hook. The designs include fruit, flowers, or other forms, including geometric patterns.

A drawing (35.6 x 25.7 cm) now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, shows three men working at an embroidery frame. The drawing was made in Delhi in November 1870 by John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911), father of the novelist Rudyard Kipling. They are working a gold thread embroidery, using scissors, spoon, needle and thread. 

A turban band was a highly decorative cloth and/or metal band that went around a Mughal-period turban in India. It was designed to embellish the turban rather than having a purely practical function. Such a band was often worn with other items of jewellery, such as a feathered aigrette and/or a turban brooch.

Photograph of two embroidery salesmen (?) in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The photograph was made in 1891. The text on the photograph says "embroiderers", but this may be wrong.

Vata chikan embroidery is a style of work from the Jammu and Kashmir region in the northwest of the Indian subcontinent.

The British Museum in London houses a wedding shawl (abochhini) from the Thar desert or beyond, in southern Pakistan. It is made of cotton and decorated with silk thread embroidery (chain stitch) and shisha work. The shawl measures 255 x 135 cm. The object was acquired in 1984.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses a sandalwood box that is decorated with porcupine quills. The box dates to about AD 1855 and was made in Vizagapatam, along the east coast of India. It also includes pieces of buffalo horn and ivory. The box is 23.5 cm high, 33.5 cm wide, and 24 cm deep. The box was apparently made for a Western market, and in particular for the Exposition Universelle in Paris, in 1855.

Zalakdozi embroidery is a style of embroidery from the Jammu and Kashmir region in the northwest of the Indian subcontinent. It is made using a chain stitch to create long and flowing designs, whereby the motifs are filled with concentric rings.

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