Silk fragments

Silk fragments

Silk fragments
China
200-800 AD
Plain and patterned weave in silk, resist dye
Length 14.5 cm x width 12 cm (largest fragment)
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.99 (Ast.vi.2.04)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

These textile fragments are of plain woven resist dyed silk with one piece of pattern woven silk showing an animal design attached. The structure of the latter textile is a weft-faced compound plain weave, also known as taquete, and was probably made in the Xinjiang area. The fragments original purpose is unclear although they were probably once part of a burial shroud.