Tablet woven fragments

Tablet woven fragments

Tablet woven fragments (Textiles - Room 98, Case 3)
Central Asia
8th century AD
Tablet weave in wool
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.587 (M.I.0088)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

These three fragments from a border showing a geometrical pattern are made in the tablet weave technique. The wool used has been identified as yak underwool. Although Miran was a military fort, they were also inhabited by civilians, including soldiers’ families, merchants and others. The life in these deserted forts must have been difficult. An abundance of Tibetan documents on wood and paper were found, and quite a few contain complaints about the time spent at the fort and shortages of provisions.