False quilting is where two layers of fabric have been sewn through without wadding. This type of work was very popular for bedcovers, waistcoats and petticoats. Yellow muga silk, imported from India, was used for the background embroidery. This lovely design could be made into a cushion, framed or for use in an archive.
The fine linen ground embroidered in back stitch with beige muga silk slips or little flower sprigs, birds perched on flowers, pinks in a vase, boteh shapes , and a variety of flowers with gently bending stems emerging from grassy hillocks, .
The muga silk would originally have been bright yellow but has evenly faded. You can see the unfaded silks on the back. There is light staining to most of the piece. Where the edges have been unpicked you will see the original white linen. There is darker staining to the right hand side. If framed and put in a darker place this would hardly show.
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