This mesmerising silk Amli embroidery on a square pashmina shawl is from the 1800s and depicts soldiers circling around a thriving establishment.\n\nNote the deliberately highlighted flowers (roses?) amidst the soldiers.\n\n\nThe field is populated with musicians, romancing couples and folk scenes \u2013 all depicting enjoyable passtimes of a flourishing community \u2013 a rosy picture indeed.\nThis combination of guns and roses perhaps depicts the idea that the protective security of a powerful army allows a beautiful normal life to flourish.\nAs was the custom of the time, shawl may have been created as a gift to the rulers of the time praising their style of leadership and offering gratitude for their shelter.\nIn addition to the 80 soldiers, there are over 130+ animals and 100+ other people engaged in various \u2018happily ever after\u2019 scenes.\nAlso includes Lord Vishnu seated in a Lotus!\nPresenting some of the scenes of the settled life seen in this shawl:\n1. A weathy couple listening to musicians as they get fanned by their servants \u2026Note the details in all their clothes!\n\n2. A romantic afternoon under a tree?\n\n3. A hunting party? Note the ankush of the mahout!\n\n4. Smoking Hukkah (at first I thought this was a snake charmer)\n\n\u00a0\n5. A pregnant animal?\n\nIn many parts of Asia pregnancy is seen as a sign of abundance, of prosperity, of settledness, of hope, of the future, of optimism and growth of the wealth of life, of\u00a0 \u2018all is well with the world\u2019.\n6. Lord Vishnu\n\n7. Coming back to the circle of security \u2026. the soldiers!\nI am most impressed by their uniforms!\nMust find out which regiment wore these uber-fashionable candy-striped jaamas!!\n\n\n\nThis piece is a part of the wovensouls collection.\nMore info on amlikar shawls from google books:\n\n\u00a0\n\u2026\n\n\u2026.\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe V & A robe with the same type of Amli embroidery is presented here. \n****\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\njaina mishra | wovensouls\nView more Exquisite Antique Textiles and more on \n\n#antiques #antiqueindiantextile #antiqueshawl #amli #embroidery #indianart\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Soldiers in Silk \u2013 Guns & Roses appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.