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table runner

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Object Name table runner
Date 1900
Brief Physical Description An elongated rectangle of cream coloured silk satin with a light pattern of floral metal thread work as a border.
Object Description Information A long rectangle of cream-coloured silk satin edged with a light metal and thread fringe. A thin, linear border approximately 40 mm in from the edge contains a formal, tendril -ike line from which loose flower and leaf shapes shoot. The whole pattern is very light and the couched purl thread and small sequins making up the design are evenly spaced, giving the finished piece a loose formality. The metal has tarnished considerably around the edge but the metal purl used to achieve the pattern is in reasonable condition.
Accession Number 4196
Subject embroidery, domestic textiles, mat, cover, table runner, table cover, indian
Measurements 880mm x 370mm
Number Of Items 1
Materials Used (aat) silk, metal
Content And Subject Information ‘Its urban Indian. [MHT] Western market; [JG] No, not necessarily, its Muslim work metal thread work could have been done in Deli, Juipur, Lucknow, Agra, any of the places with a large urban Muslim population, and this would have been embroidered by men. In a workshop, yes, probably on a frame with a hook. It is an urban Muslim style.'

A tag attached to the textle reads:'Indian, silk with metal embroidery. Table runner.'

John Gillow
Information given by John Gillow on an audio tape held at the Constance Howard Resource & Research Centre in Textiles. Recorded: June 21st 2001.

John Gillow, traveler, collector and writer with special knowledge of Asian embroidered textiles.
Production Information Produced in a workshop situation by men working together on a frame.
Rights Goldsmiths, University of London. Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles
Techniques Used (aat) couching



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