18th century Indian embroidered flowers

Embroidered Flowers from Gujarat

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Details from a bed cover made of twill weave cotton and linen mixture, embroidered in silk thread and chain stitch, created in Gujarat for the western market about 1725 – 1750 (displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London). I loved the incredible attention to detail and execution, the vibrancy of the colours; and marvelled at its survival over nearly 300 years. Displayed behind glass which has made it a bit difficult to photograph. An example of how so much fine and applied art has been inspired by nature.

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