Outstanding wedding shawl that is made for the bride over several years in the same manner as phulkaris.
From the Sindh region.
Superb glossy silk embroidery on fine silk base
Usually such pieces are on cotton. Silk is not a common material making this an unusual piece.
Densely embroidered field.
Unusual use of black making it a one-of a kind piece.
Very good condition. Corners have been reinforced.
Estimated to be from the late 1800s - early 1900s.
I rarely make statements like this but this piece is likely to be among the top antique Sindhi shawls in the world today.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.