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Title

shawl ('jangshem kira')

20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This Bhutanese textile or 'kira' is worn as a type of shawl, held at the shoulders by a silver clip. Although apparently simple in its striped design, the ‘kira’ is categorised according to a complex system based on the varying number of stripes patterning the cloth and their colour schemes. 'Kira' fall into three broad categories: the first category referring to plain coloured striped cloths, often with double-faced or continuous supplementary warp weave embellishment, such as this textile, are for everyday use. The second category refers to either blue or green cloths with intricate embroidered embellishment; and the third category consists of the intricately woven silk or silk embellished cloths used by the Bhutanese aristocracy.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000


Details


Place where the work was made

Bhutan


Date

20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton, dyes; supplementary weft weave


Dimensions

84.5 x 133.5 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

295.2000



Place

Where the work was made
Bhutan