Woman's Shawl (abochhini)

Woman's Shawl (abochhini)

1850-1900
Locale
Sindh Thar Parkar District
Country
Pakistan
shawl
Silk and mirror (shisha) embroidery on cotton
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Winfred Douglas
1953.29
. Woman's Shawl (abochhini). 1850-1900. Silk and mirror (shisha) embroidery on cotton. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Winfred Douglas. 1953.29.
Dimensions
length: 78 in, 198.1200 cm; width: 51 in, 129.5400 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
Shawls like this were presented to a bride as part of her trousseau and later worn on public occasions. Specific patterns and techniques are identified with certain regions and ethnic groups. Stylized blossoms and flowering plants are favored motifs in this desert area. Here they are organized into defined areas around an eight-lobed rosette. In the borders, a triangle, an ancient Hindu symbol for a temple is joined point-to-point to form an hourglass shape that alternates with a flowering plant. The small, inset mirrors are characteristic of work from Sindh.
Known Provenance
Gifted December 1953 by Rev. Winfred Douglas [Denver, CO, 1867-1944] to Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Fabulous Floral Fabrics," November 23, 2002 - May 4, 2003 (DAM)
  • "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)

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