Detail of a silk double ikat patola, woven with gilt metal wefts at one end, decorated with elephants, parrots, flowers and dancing girls within a diamond trellis, all within elaborate borders. The dancing girls are a rare feature of this type of patola. (Cut at one end).
Indian, Gujarat, late 19th/early 20th century
Height: 132 cms
Width: 391.15 cms
Lisbet Holmes, London.
*An example is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, but without the dancing girls, and illustrated: ‘Indian Ikat Textiles’, pl. 20. The author writes that this type seems to have been particularly associated with the Brahmin communities of northern Gujarat.
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