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Title

large shawl ('jangshem kira')

20th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Bhutan
    Date
    20th century
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    cotton, dyes; supplementary weft weave
    Dimensions
    243.0 x 127.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    296.2000
    Copyright
    © Copyright reserved

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Bhutan