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Trade embroidery

Trade embroidery

  • Place of origin:

    Gujarat (made)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton embroidered with silk in chain-stitch, stitched with a straight needle

  • Museum number:

    IS.298-1951

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 12A

Indian trade embroideries were luxury textiles designed to appeal to the tastes of consumers abroad. Merging elements of both European and Indian aesthetics, Indian trade embroideries for Britain were imported from the 17th to the 19th century and used in both furnishings and dress. This fabric’s design mimics heavy English crewel work, but the extremely fine silk chain-stitching is characteristic of Gujarat. It would have been used as furnishing fabric, possibly as part of a set of bed-hangings.

Physical description

Hanging of cotton embroidered with silks. Two rectangular panels of cream cotton base fabric sewn together, with large vertical multi-coloured scrolling floral design in straight-needle worked chain stitch. Each petal on the largest blossoms filled with different patterns.

Place of Origin

Gujarat (made)

Date

early 18th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton embroidered with silk in chain-stitch, stitched with a straight needle

Dimensions

Length: 183 cm, Width: 173 cm, Length: 72 in, Width: 68 in

Descriptive line

Hanging, cotton embroidered with silks, Gujarat for the western market, early 18th century; Textiles

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p.26, cat. no.4.
Indian embroidery / Rosemary Crill ; photography by Richard Davis. London: V&A Publications, 1999 Number: 185177310X, 1851772944 (pbk.)

Labels and date

TRADE EMBROIDERY
Cotton embroidered with silk
Gujarat, for the western market
Early 18th century

Trade embroideries were luxury textiles designed to appeal to the tastes of consumers abroad. Merging elements of both European and Indian aesthetics, Indian trade embroideries for Britain were imported from the 17th to the 19th century and used in both furnishings and dress. This fabric’s design mimics heavy English crewel work, but the extremely fine silk chain-stitching is characteristic of Gujarat. [01/08/2017]

Materials

Cotton; Silk (thread)

Techniques

Embroidery

Subjects depicted

Flowers (plants)

Categories

Images Online; Textiles; Interiors; Embroidery

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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