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Collection

An image of shawl ('jangshem kira') by

Bhutan

Title
shawl ('jangshem kira')
Place of origin
Bhutan
Year
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
Accession number
295.2000
Copyright
© Copyright reserved
Location
Not on display
Further information

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