About this object

A phulkari or embroidered shawl. The base of the shawl is madder red coloured coarse, handspun cotton, onto which is embroidered in a geometric pattern in gold and orange coloured floss silk, The cloth is almost completely covered, only thin lines of fabric are visible creating the chevron and diamond patterns. The shawl is made from three lengths of cotton that were sewn together before the embroidery was done.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Hindu; Sikh
  • 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
    1380 mm x 2249 mm; x 54 5/16 in x 88 9/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: A photograph from 1958 is attached to the inventory card for this object. The phulkari in the inventory card photograph identified as 53.42.43 is not the same as the phulkari now known as 53.42.43. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
Object view = Humanities
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