Cover

19th century - 20th century (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Bed cover made up of three length seamed together vertically. On a dark red, plain weave cotton ground are repeating diamond designs embroidered in yellow and white silk. This geometric counted thread work almost entirely covers the ground. At the sides, the embroidered pattern changes to form a narrow border.
This cover was made by one of China's national minority peoples, probably one from the south or west of China.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Hand spun and woven dark red cotton embroidered in silk and gilt thread
Brief Description
Cover, hand spun and woven dark red cotton embroidered in silk and gilt thread, possibly Yunnan province, China, 19th-20th century
Physical Description
Bed cover made up of three length seamed together vertically. On a dark red, plain weave cotton ground are repeating diamond designs embroidered in yellow and white silk. This geometric counted thread work almost entirely covers the ground. At the sides, the embroidered pattern changes to form a narrow border.

This cover was made by one of China's national minority peoples, probably one from the south or west of China.
Dimensions
  • Length: 227cm
  • Width: 94cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Te yi gong si qian men jingying guanli chu'
  • 'Huo hao 950' 'Ding jin 10.00'
Gallery Label
The design elements of diamonds, lines and chevrons are given definition by leaving the background fabric showing as an integral part of the pattern, a technique known in English as voiding. The pattern and thread colour show variations throughout the piece and the original ends are uneven and unfinished. The satin-faced stab stitch embroidery was completed before the lengths were joined because the pattern is not continuous across the three vertical seams. This may mean that it was not originally intended as a cover but seamed together for sale in Beijing where Sir John Addis purchased it. It seems likely that this cover was made by the Dai people who live in southern Yunnan province and are ethnically related to groups living in Northern Laos and Thailand.
Credit line
Addis Bequest
Object history
Registered File number 1965/3344.
Production
This piece from the Addis Collection, although it appears to have been purchased in China, may, in fact, be a phulkari from Pakistan.



See Michelle Maskiel, 'Embroidering the Past: Phulkari, Textiles and Gendered Work as "Tradition" and "Heritage" in Colonial and Contemporary punjab' in Journal of Asian Studies, vol 58, no. 2 (May, 1999), 361-388
Subject depicted
Collection
Accession Number
FE.121-1983

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record createdFebruary 12, 2000
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