Shoe upper

Shoe upper

Shoe upper
Mazartagh, China
700-850 AD
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.514 (M.Tagh.a.0045)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

The upper of this felt shoe has quilting in zig zag rows and an opening round the ankle which has been strengthened by a strip of felted semi-fine wool with a drawstring. The shoe was probably left behind by a Tibetan soldier serving at the fort of Mazartagh during the 8th century. Strong and warm shoes were needed for desert life and travel in the winter.