Not currently on display at the V&A

Brocade

ca. 1880 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Brocade is a rich silk fabric with patterns in gold and silver thread. This piece has pattern of an ornamented trellis enclosing conventional flower in gold on a cream silk ground.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk brocade with gold thread
Brief Description
Silk brocade textile, Varanasi, 19th Century.
Physical Description
Brocade is a rich silk fabric with patterns in gold and silver thread. This piece has pattern of an ornamented trellis enclosing conventional flower in gold on a cream silk ground.
Dimensions
  • Width: 29in
  • Length: 92in
Fragment of textile
Object history
Brocade silk is obtained by the interweaving of coloured silk and gold or silver threads. Silk is described as a fibrous substance produced by silk worms in the form of a cocoon or covering within which the creature is enclosed and protected during the period of its transformation. The silk is cultivated and woven into textiles on a loom. To create colour vegetable dyes were used . Today, chemical dyes have gained popularity as they are cheaper, less time-consuming and produce a larger variety of colours. Associated with ceremonial rites of ancient India, silk has been a highly revered fabric. It continues to be a popular and widely used material.
Bibliographic Reference
The art of India and Pakistan, a commemorative catalogue of the exhibition held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1947-8. Edited by Sir Leigh Ashton. London: Faber and Faber, [1950]p. 219, cat. no. 1055
Collection
Accession Number
IS.789-1883

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record createdMarch 20, 2003
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