About this object

A phulkari or embroidered shawl. The base of the shawl is tan coloured coarse, handspun cotton, onto which is embroidered a geometric pattern of orange and white diamonds, Each diamond is made up of smaller diamonds, which are outlined in a bright green running stitch. The embroidery, worked in silk floss yarn, does not completely cover the body of the cloth. The design motif represents the wheat and barley ears of the crops grown in the Punjab, an area known as the bread basket of India. The shawl is made from three lengths of cotton sewn together, likely before the embroidery was done. Sewn to the back of the textile are two cloth labels, written in black ink are the words, 'The Sir Francis Younghusband Trust' and 'R Crowfoot'.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: Haryana
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Yarn Silk; Textile Cotton
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Francis Younghusband
  • Collector
    Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    1055 mm x 2565 mm; x 41 9/16 in x 101 in
  • Note
    All of the above characteristics suggest the phulkari would have been created in the East Punjab rather than the West.
  • Related people
Object view = Humanities
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