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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


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[Skirt cloth, silk embroidered with silk thread, Kutch, Gujurat, circa 1880 ©Victoria & Albert Museum.]

Scattered with a regiment of peacocks, this late-19th-century embroidered silk originally appeared in my "Adjustment Bureau Headboard" post. Maybe the stylized feathered creatures and characteristically Kutch border make it most memorable. Or maybe it's the rich combination of colors.

Either way, I thought about the antique when I came across this: new to John Robshaw's Souk is an embroidered pillow with a similar look. The ground color is purple, so the orange threads outlining the peacock cousins really vibrate against it.

For more on Indian embroidery, check out V & A curator Rosemary Crill's book.

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