Hanging

About this object

History of use

Wall hanging used in Hindu homes for religious and other auspicious occasions.

Cultural context

festivals

Specific techniques

Balanced plain weave 1/1 except green border may be eve twill weave.

Physical description

Beadwork square with patchwork silk border. Beadwork background of opaque white beads, patterned with yellow, green, red and blue beads; 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines form 9 equal squares. The centre square is patterned with 4 geometric tree forms and a small, long tailed animal. The remaining squares are patterned with animal forms, either horses, lions or elephants; the 5 upper squares each have 6 similar animals, the lower 2 squares have 4 similar animals and the left lower square has 6 dissimilar ones. Beadwork is bordered with a row of diamonds and a linear margin, framed by 3 borders of silk patchwork, 2 green with red diamonds, separated by one of orange and red chevrons. Chevron border and textile edge is bound in purple. There are hanging loops in each corner. The backside is lined with red cotton.