Tablet woven fragment

Tablet woven fragment

Tablet woven fragment (Textiles - Room 98, Case 3)
Central Asia
8th century AD
Tablet weave in wool
Length 28 cm x width 19.5 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.588 (M.I.xxvi.001)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This large fragment consists of two tablet woven borders stitched together. The top border show running animals with curling horns, while the other border has a geometrical pattern. The wool used has been identified as yak.

The yak is a long-haired bovine found throughout the Himalayan region of south Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau as far north as Mongolia.