Woman's head cloth or ceremonial cover

Indian (Eastern Punjabi)
19th century

Object Place: India


Overall: 141 x 245cm (55 1/2 x 96 7/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain-weave embroidered with silk (phulkari, bagh)

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s head cloth or ceremonial cover of phulkari or bagh embroidery (“flowering work” or “garden”) of rust orange plain-weave cotton with design in the main field of repeating diamond motif composed of concentric geometric patterning embroidered in cream-white silk and edged, on three sides, with triangle motifs in orange-gold silk; deep border at each crosswise end with design of geometrical motifs embroidered in orange-gold silk; narrow guard bands with design of closely spaced diagonal bands embroidered in orange-gold silk; short rust orange warp fringe on each end.


Gift from B. R. Woodworth to the MFA, November 7, 1912

Credit Line

Gift of B. R. Woodworth