Silk fragments

Silk fragments

Silk fragments
China
650-725 AD
Warp-faced compound weave in silk
Length 10.7 cm x width 4.3 cm (largest fragment)
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.594 (Ast.x.1.03)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This textile was woven in warp-faced compound twill, which was a popular weave structure during the early and late Tang periods. It has a floral roundel pattern with petals in a trilobite shape. A pair of shoes with rolled toe-caps found in another tomb at Astana burial ground are covered with a similar textile. Comparable patterns are also found on silks from the Mogao caves at Dunhuang.