Fragment of garment

Fragment of garment

Fragment of garment
Central Asia
100-300 AD
Plain weave in wool
Length 38 cm x width 11 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.184 (N.XXIV.viii.001)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This textile fragment is of plain woven buff wool, gathered into a band of the same fabric, which has been folded over and stitched. At one end of the piece, strips of stitched plain woven red wool and a small ball of cream thread have been attached. Based on more complete finds from this area, it is possible that this is the top of a pair of trousers or a skirt.

Stein discovered this torn piece of fabric in the ruins of a large residence with several rooms and a courtyard or garden, perhaps belonging to a well-to-do person. It was found in room eight, where also a large cache of Kharosthi documents were found, most of which were deeds of sale. Kharosthi is the written Gandhari language unique to Central Asia.