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Very rarely seen Dhakai Kashida Silk embroidery Square Textile
Beautiful floral & boteh motifs rendered in golden silk and some white accents.
In the 19th century Muga kashida was produced commercially in Dhaka for export to Basra and Jeddah. Pilgrims would take them to the Haj and Arabs used them as turban cloths or in costume. This piece was acquired in Aceh, Sumatra.
Silk embroidery on Silk.
Probably Muga Silk embroidery.
[I say ‘probably’ only because a microscopic examination is required to confirm this … and until I can do that myself I do not wish to mislead]
[Muga is a highly prized naturally colored golden silk thread that is available mainly in Assam, Bihar and around and is one of the few yarns that gets more lustrous upon usage]
Size: 45” x 44” (114 x 112 cm)
Has minor wear and holes – will do well with a backing cloth.
Estimated to be from the early 1900s from Dhaka in undivided India, now in Bangladesh
See also 1516-A
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.