Kungrad Embroidered Band Fragment, Central Asia,
19th Century, 1’8” x 2’7” (exclusive of the mount)

An very rare example of textile art from Central Asia.  Rarely do we see such dynamic examples of embroidery attributable to the Kungrad of Central Asia.  Albeit the dynamism is enhanced by the fact that two band fragments have been mounted side by side.

Embroidered bands of this type are extremely rare to begin with and ones as beautiful as this example are virtually unheard of.   The textile consists of wool embroidery on a black wool ground.

The condition is good, with no repair or holes, and the colors are all derived from natural dyes.  The textile has been mounted, sewn on to a black cotton ground cloth, and stretched over and attached to  a wooden frame.

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