Asian Art

Border of a Sash with Flowering Trees

17th century

Silk brocaded with metallic threads, double cloth

9 5/16 in. (23.6 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1937.5310

This textile fragment, of a type frequently found in Mughal patkas (waist sashes), is exceptionally sophisticated in its double-faced technique, having been woven in two separate layers that were then connected with brocading in green, orange, purple, red, and silver threads. It has two sets of red silk warps, one binding the front layer in twill and the other binding the back layer in cloth. The surface silk weft is gold, while the back one is red.

Geography: 
India
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)
Classification: 
Textiles
Provenance: 

Mrs. William H. Moore (Ada Small Moore, 1858–1955) New York; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1937

Bibliography: 

The Kashmir Shawl, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1975), 24, 27, 31, fig. 13.

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