This embroidered vintage toran door banner from India features pointed flags or tabs of aged, faded silk sari fabrics.The top portion features an embroidered motif of flowers and peacocks with mirrors and trim pattern suggestive of the Gujarat region. Second photo conveys scale and shows the impact of layering several textiles together (Others pictured available too, sold separately).
Embroidery floss colors include magenta, ruby red, marigold, pale moss green and faded indigo blue. Base fabric is a natural, unbleached cotton color and silk tabs are barely- there pale pinks, yellows and greens.
This piece is a bit more faded and worn than some of the others in our collection, with one hole approximately 1" x 1" square, some visible water stains and pen-marked pattern outlines revealed where embroiderery floss wore away over time.
Largely hand stitched with some machine stitching along borders.
Dimensions in inches: 49" long x 19" tall
Good vintage condition. Item is lightly worn typical of age and consistent with most of the Indian wall hangings in our collection, which distinguishes them from cheaper, newer, more mass produced textiles made for the tourist and import markets. Most items show some discoloration, missing patches of embroidery or mirrors, makers marks and faint water stains in some cases. More structural and visual flaws like holes, rips or obvious stains will be noted.
The majority of these textiles were hand sourced in India directly from antique merchants. They're unique patina, wear and imperfections carry a glimps into the culture and regions they resided in for decades prior, the passing of time and the dedication, labor and skill of their makers.