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Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra

Rare Swat Wedding Shawl with ‘Self’ Embroidery

wovensouls 1350 ANTIQUE SWAT VALLEY SHAWL WITH RARE EMBROIDERY

Just when I’d thought I’d seen the complete range of the niche textile art from Swat Valley, along comes a piece that challenges that belief and nudges me out of my smug stupor.

In addition to well done Justai work, there is an additional element that awed me and everyone else that has seen it: The ‘self’ embroidery in the field … the thread used for the embroidered motifs is the same as that of the base cloth – hence the name.

ANTIQUE SWAT VALLEY SHAWL WITH RARE EMBROIDERY - wovensouls

WOVENSOULS 1350 ANTIQUE SWAT VALLEY SHAWL WITH RARE EMBROIDERY

Such pieces take away the fatigue of having seen too much, refreshes the eye and brings back the edge of alertness that is so important during hunting (for art) and finally provides the much-needed toppling of the ego!

See more details of this fabulous piece here on wovensouls.com.

jm

December 2018

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