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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:39 am 
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Hi all,

This sari, which I think was made in Orissa, has a plethora of decorative techniques. It has patterns in warp, weft and double ikat as well as woven patterns in supplementary warp and supplementary weft. Judging by the perfect condition and colors which seem to be chemical, I don't think the cloth is very old. The auction house had it listed as being linen and it does have a stiff feel, but this may be due to sizing. The cloth fails the water test for linen but again this may be due to sizing. The thin, single ply thread is uneven and pulls apart readily like hand spun cotton and unlike linen, but has lots of knots or lumps on the loose weft thread that I was able to examine. Haven't really seen these knots or lumps on cotton thread before. Cotton or linen, does anyone have a sure test to tell the difference?

Patterns include horses, goats, ducks or geese, fish and floral motifs. The wavy patterns, perhaps a river or water, and the many curved ikat patterns are especially nice. I don't really collect Indian textiles other than patola but with all three ikat techniques in this one attractive cloth I was tempted. Do we have any members who collect Indian textiles and could perhaps add some information on this cloth?

Best regards


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