8th century AD
Patterned weave in silk
Height 14.4 cm x width 10 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.648 (M.I.xxvii.001)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
A square piece of pattern woven silk has been folded over and stitched into a small triangular pouch. There are remains of sawdust inside the pouch, indicating that it might originally have been used as a perfume sachet.
It was recovered from a site called Miran fort which was held by the Tibetans during their domination of the southern Taklamakan during the 8th century AD. Finds of Chinese silk are scarce from this site, showing that trade with China declined notably through the Tibetan conquest of the Tarim Basin and the Gansu border.