Garment fragments

Garment fragments

Garment fragments
Central Asia
200-400 AD
Plain weave in silk and wool and patterned weave in silk
Length 28.5 cm x width 14.4 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.205 (L.C.ii.07.b)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

These fragments probably once made up a garment, perhaps dressing the dead or as a gift for the afterlife. They include a layered piece of plain woven red wool, backed with plain woven buff silk, most of which is visible through deterioration of the wool layer. Stitched to the wool are strips of polychrome patterned weave silk, one in orange and blue, one in cream and blue, both showing unidentified designs and a third piece showing a repeating interlocking lozenge design interspersed with circles in blue and pink on a cream ground. It is interesting to note that, as in several other world cultures, the importance of being buried with luxury objects, such as silk, is evident in Loulan burial grounds.