Fragment of felt
Felted wool, appliqué
Length 16.4 cm x width 9.8 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.519 (N.XIV.iii.006.c)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
This fragment of felt is made of natural coloured wool on which is sewn a curling design in felted red wool. Felt is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing wool fibres. While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form construction material, such as yurts of the nomads. Wool from camel, yak, sheep or goat hair could be used. Felt was a Silk Road staple and the best one was produced in Khotan.