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Lap cloth

Lap cloth

  • Place of origin:

    Bhutan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered cotton in cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir C. A. Bell KCIE, CMG

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is an unstitched panel for making into pangkheb, the most utilitarian Bhutanese cloth pieces. Pangkheb serve as aprons, can be hung in doorways or used to decorate altars. At the time this piece was made pangkheb were also among the fabrics that served as taxes in kind in Bhutan, distributed by the state to monasteries and administrative centres (dzongs) for lining cushions, wrapping ritual objects or using as bed covers and towels.

Physical description

Multi-purpose lap cloth (pangkheb) of coarse unbleached cotton cloth with woven and embroidered patterns in terra cotta and indigo blue cotton. The left side is a sari like robe. The simple geometrical pattern is formed by horizontal bands of diamonds, whole, doubled or halved between triple lines of darn stitch. At one side is a border of three stripes.

Place of Origin

Bhutan (made)


ca. 1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered cotton in cotton


Length: 249 cm, Width: 46 cm, Length: 98 in excluding fringe, Width: 18 in

Object history note

Given by Sir A C Bell, K.C.I.E., C.M.G in 1933.

Descriptive line

Lap cloth (pangkheb) of embroidered cotton, Bhutan, ca. 1900


Textiles; Embroidery


South & South East Asia Collection

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