Ball of yarn

Ball of yarn

Ball of yarn
Central Asia
8th century AD
Spun wool
Diameter 6 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.252 (M.I.xxiv.001)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This ball of spun two-ply wool yarn probably once was in much stronger blue hue than now. It appears to have faded badly over time, leaving a patchy pale blue colour. The ball of yarn gives a glimpse of daily life at the Miran fort. It was perhaps used by the Tibetan soldiers and their wives for darning their clothes.