Tablet woven fragments

Tablet woven fragments

Tablet woven fragment (Textiles - Room 98, Case 3)
Central Asia
8th century AD
Tablet weave in wool
Length 27 cm x width 6 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.589 (M.I.xxvi.002)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

These three fragments come from a tablet woven border. Tablet weaving is a weaving technique where tablets or cards are used to create the sheds the wefts is passed through. The fundamental principle is to turn the tablets to lift selected sets of threads in the warp. Here at least 95 tablets have been used to weave the border which includes an animal motif, perhaps running horses, and geometrical pattern. The wool comes from yak plied with semi-fine sheel wool.

It was found at the Miran fort. When Tibetan troops occupied the area in the late 8th century AD, they built the fort to guard one of many routes through which they moved into Cental Asia.