Cushion Cover

cushion cover

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Type: For the Household
Object Name: Cushion Cover
Local Name: thakia
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province, Swat
Period: Mid 20th century
Date: 1930 - 1960
Dimensions: L 76 cm x W 32 cm
Materials: Cotton; silk
Techniques: Plain woven; embroidered; hand-sewn
ID Number: T85.0349
Credit: Gift of Dr. Howard Gorman

This cushion cover is a good example of the use of counted thread, surface darning to create a design incorporating the negative space of the ground fabric. An elaborate grid of diagonals and squares, created by negative patterning and strategic touches of colour, combine to give a layered effect to the surface. The long, floating surface-darning stitch is a key element in the exploitation of the reflective qualities of the glossy silk floss.