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A Very Abraded and Beautiful Pakistani Ralli: Textile Archaeology

Written on November 1, 2012

Today I’m showing a super-amazing, large Pakistani ralli.   Although some rallis show a surface that is highly abraded–and beautiful–this one is just fascinating for HOW it’s been abraded.You can see that through a worn-away brown figured surface there is the suggestion of  another layer of patterning.What this is is fascinating: the original surface of this ralli was piece constructed like the rallis seen here.  Obviously, a solid layer of cloth was stitched entirely over this piece constructed top, and over time this solid layer of cloth was worn away to expose bits of the multi-colored layer underneath.Feast your eyes.  This is wonderful.

And the back is certainly a surprise.   Again we have leftover pieces of cotton that are pieced together to form one, complete surface.  And included in these pieces are what appear to be some kind of Pakistani cotton grain sacks.

This piece probably dates to the mid twentieth century.  It measures 86″ x 52″ or 218.5 cm x 132 cm.

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  1. Comment by Else:

    This is beautiful!

    January 11, 2013 @ 5:31 am