Floral embroidery on red silk

Floral embroidery on red silk

Floral embroidery on red silk
Central Asia
200-400 AD
Plain weave in silk and silk embroidery
Length 7.4 cm x width 6.7 cm (largest fragment)
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.650 (L.C.vii.004)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

These fragments of plain woven red silk have been embroidered with floral patterns in blue, brown and buff. The embroidery was originally lined with a plain woven brown silk. The pattern is fairly large so the embroidery could have been used as furnishings, and there are examples of embroidered cushion covers in other comparable burials.