Banded wool fragment

Banded wool fragment

Banded wool fragment
Central Asia
8th century AD
Plain weave in wool
Length 18.8 cm x width 18.7 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.305 (M.I.0084)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

A large number of coarse fabric fragments, mostly wool, were found at the Miran fort. The variety of texture is considerable in these fabrics, but all woven strongly and skilfully. Natural wool colours prevail such as browns, but the colour red seems to have been popular too. This is quite a fine woollen fragment, plain woven with bands of dark brown, yellow, blue, terracotta red and light brown. It is likely to have had a furnishing function originally.