Not currently on display at the V&A

Man's Shawl

early 20th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Man's shawl in block-printed cotton decorated with small circular mirrors and embroidered with silks. Made of two lengths of rust-coloured cotton joined in the middle with blanket stitch. The centre of the shawl (about 18 inches) is left unembroidered, and the rest is covered with an embroidered pattern in off-white, purple, dark red, green and yellow ochre of lotus flowers and stylised peacocks.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Block-printed cotton, embroidered with silks, mirrors
Brief Description
Man's shawl of block-printed cotton, embroidered with silks, possibly made in Sindh or Western Rajasthan, early 20th century
Physical Description
Man's shawl in block-printed cotton decorated with small circular mirrors and embroidered with silks. Made of two lengths of rust-coloured cotton joined in the middle with blanket stitch. The centre of the shawl (about 18 inches) is left unembroidered, and the rest is covered with an embroidered pattern in off-white, purple, dark red, green and yellow ochre of lotus flowers and stylised peacocks.
Dimensions
  • Height: 267cm
  • Width: 106cm
Credit line
Collection of the late Mr Justice Feroze Nana, given to the V&A by his widow and children
Object history
The desert regions of Western India and Pakistan are renowned for their fine embroidery, and it is often combined on costume pieces with other techniques such as tie-dying or blockwork.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Swallow, Deborah and John Guy eds. Arts of India: 1550-1900. text by Rosemary Crill, John Guy, Veronica Murphy, Susan Stronge and Deborah Swallow. London : V&A Publications, 1990. 240 p., ill. ISBN 1851770224, p.127, pl.107.
  • Indian embroidery / Rosemary Crill ; photography by Richard Davis. London: V&A Publications, 1999 Number: 185177310X, 1851772944 (pbk.)p.0, cat. no. 94, p.99 ill.
  • Colours of the Indus : costume and textiles of Pakistan / Nasreen Askari and Rosemary Crill. London: Merrell Holberton in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1997 Number: 1858940443p.24-25, pl. 26
Collection
Accession Number
IS.7-1981

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdDecember 15, 1999
Record URL