This Magnificent Work of Textile Art is Simply Another Masterpiece on Fabric. Originating in Central Asia, Hindu Kush, Hazara Valley, it is a Product of The Hazara Peoples. This Beautiful Shawl ( Bagh) Differs From The Traditional Phulkari in That it is Almost Completely Covered in Embroidery With Very Little Ground Showing. However as With The Phulkari it Also Doubles Later as a Bridal Bed Cover. The Floral Pattern is Abstracted Into Geometric Motifs And Compositions. The Embroidered Silks Are in Varied Tones of Cyclamen With Accents of Green And Purple. Some of The Motifs Suggest a Chinese Influence as Similar Stylised Patterns Can be Found on Old Tibetan Scrolls. The Light Colored Ground is Made of Three (3) Lengths of Fine Hand Woven/Spun Cotton as Can Be Seen From The Two Vertical Seems on The Reverse Side. The Extreme Right Cotton Length Has an Additional Two Horizontal Seams Which Are a Product of The Creation Process, Not a Fault. The Condition of This Shawl is Very Good. There a a Few Old Stains But Nothing Significant or Disturbing. I Can Only Wonder How Many Hours Were Spent Faithfully Creating This Textile Beauty. This Shawl Comes From The Estate of an Asian Textile Authority Collector Connoisseur.
The Dimensions of This Shawl Are: 114 cm wide x 220 cm long
I Would Date This Shawl To The Late 19th/Early 20th Century Circa 1910
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