Notes on Culture & Antique Art, Ethnic Decor & Vintage Fashion | Wovensouls Art Gallery
Last year as I took out some of white-base Thirma Phulkari shawls for a client, I could not help noticing the huge difference in the colors of the base cloth of the super-old and the old textile.
The front is intact so it was not about fugitive dyes.
This was simply ageing.
How and why this yellowing happens with un-dyed cotton cloth (or its close cousins – plant-based fibres) is probably something a technical expert can explain to us.
There are others like this in the collection – a Bhutan shawl, some hilltribe textiles and some Gujarat textiles. The age stares at the viewer boldly and can be quite disconcerting as it takes a few thoughts to understand it fully.
But when one does, then the heart, the mind and the soul are alllll struck deeply.
This was one of the pieces that I though I’d never part with.
But then I did.
Life goes on.