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Lap Cloth

ca. 1900 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Embroidered cotton in cotton
Brief Description
Lap cloth (pangkheb) of embroidered cotton, Bhutan, ca. 1900
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.
Dimensions
  • Length: 249cm
  • Width: 46cm
  • Excluding fringe length: 98in
  • Width: 18in
Credit line
Given by Sir C. A. Bell KCIE, CMG
Object history
Given by Sir A C Bell, K.C.I.E., C.M.G in 1933.
Summary
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.
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
IM.22-1933

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record createdSeptember 22, 2004
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