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Phulkari (Yellow-Floss Silk) and Shisa (Mirror-Work) Embroidery with Wheat Sheaf Pattern Window Covering

ca. 1867

55 x 79.5 in. (139.7 x 201.93 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2019.4.135
Geography: Asia, India
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Window or Door Coverings

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  • curtains - Hangings for windows, doorways, or other openings, usually of cloth, plastic, or another such material, that are generally finished with hems, casings, pleats, or ruffles and hung by the top edge; used for privacy, control of light and drafts, or decoration.
  • embroidery - Refers to works characterized by a pattern or design executed in stitches using thread or fine wire. The designs are typically executed on textiles, but leather, paper, or another media may also be used; the designs may be intended to be framed, or to decorate apparel, bed linens, furniture coverings, pillows, altar cloths, ceremonial hangings, or other items.
  • Indian - Nationality, styles, and culture of the modern nation of India, or more broadly to cultures that developed on the subcontinent of India, which is bounded by the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal, and the Himalayn Mountains. It may also refer even more broadly to cultures of India, the East Indies, and the former British Indian Empire. It was formerly used less specifically to refer to any Oriental or Asian culture. Do not use this term to refer to the indigenous populations of North or South America; see "Native American" or other appropriate terms.
  • indigo - A natural dark blue colorant obtained from the tropical Indigofera tinctoria plants. The use of indigo was first mentioned in Indian manuscripts in the 4th century BCE; it was first exported to Europe in Roman times. The natural material is collected as a precipitate from a fermented solution of the plant, where the coloring component, indigotin, is extracted as a colorless glycoside that turns blue with oxidation. Indigo is a fine, intense powder which may be used directly as a pigment in oil, tempera, or watercolor media. Since the exposed pigment can fade rapidly in strong sunlight, it is rarely used in art or fine textiles today. However, it is still used to dye jeans, where its fading and uneven coloring have become favorable characteristics.
  • mirrors - Objects with a highly polished surface, designed to reflect images clearly. The surface is typically smooth, flat, or sometimes slightly curved, made of polished metal in ancient and medieval times, but later usually of glass with a reflective coating on one side.
  • textiles - General term for carpets, fabrics, costume, or other works made of textile materials, which are natural or synthetic fibers created by weaving, felting, knotting, twining, or otherwise processing. For works of art or high craft that employ textile as a medium, prefer "textile art (visual works)."
  • wheat straw - The stalks of wheat plants, used as bedding for animals, fodder, insulation, a source of pulp for paper and corrugated board, and other purposes.

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  • "Victoria and Albert Museum Online Collection." (Accessed October 6, 2020): Victoria & Albert Museum, Accession No.: 05668(IS).

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