Skip to main content

Dresser Scarf

Beetles’ wing cases (elytra) are among the many reflective elements used by Indian embroiderers to add colour and light refraction to their work. On this furnishing textile, the elytra were couched with both metal thread and green silk thread to enhance their colour. Beetle-wing embroidery was a popular export item in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but it also appeared on luxury textiles for royal and wealthy urban patrons in India.

If you have additional information about this object, we'd love to hear from you. Please share it by clicking here

Search Again

Current Exhibitions
at The TMC

Experience ‘Wild’
Flora and Fauna Declassified

Learn More

Upcoming Programs
at The TMC

Dive deep!
Check out our upcoming programs and events

Learn More