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  • Place of origin:

    West Bengal (possibly, made)
    Bangladesh (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    18th century-19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton embroidered with silk in chain stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady James CBE

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Shawl of white cotton, embroidered in chain-stitch with yellow muga (moonga ) silk. Field pattern of stylised leaves, forming a trellis with a stylised flowerhead in each compartment. The field is surrounded by a series of borders, all consisting of stylised plant motifs. The principal end-borders are patterned with large cones.

Place of Origin

West Bengal (possibly, made)
Bangladesh (possibly, made)


18th century-19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton embroidered with silk in chain stitch


Length: 245 cm, Width: 93 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1971/2139.

Descriptive line

Shawl, cotton embroidered with silk in chain stitch, possibly Bengal or West Bengal, 18th century-19th century

Production Note

Bengal, nowadays West Bengal or Bangladesh.


Cotton (textile); Silk thread


Weaving; Chain stitch

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns; Foliation (pattern)


Textiles; Clothing


South & South East Asia Collection

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