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  • Place of origin:

    Lucknow (made)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, woven and appliquéd

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This unusual object is reportedly a cover for one of the standards used in the Shi'i Islamic festival of Muharram. It was made and used in Lucknow in north india, a renowned centre both of Shi'a faith and culture and also of cotton textiles. This cover would be used to protect the standard while it was in storage between festivals.

Physical description

A cover of fine white cotton cloth with white cotton appliqué in chevron and abstract floral design. The cloth tapers towards a narrow top section which ends in a frill created by the excess material at the top end.

Place of Origin

Lucknow (made)


early 20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, woven and appliquéd


Length: 109 cm, Width: 65 cm across bottom hem, Length: 111 cm, Width: 65 cm across botton hem

Historical context note

Intended for use as a storage cover for a ceremonial standard.

Descriptive line

Textile, cover for a Muharram standard, appliqué cotton, Lucknow, early 20th century.


Cotton; Cotton thread


Woven; Applied

Subjects depicted

Chevron; Flowers


Islam; Textiles; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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