Vintage Indian Black Silk Shawl Woven With Gold Formal Sari Scarf Mundai
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
This is a lovely quality Indian silk shawl, beautifully woven with gold metallic thread on a black silk background. The piece is decorated throughout the body of the shawl with antelopes and with Indian women, elephants, birds and antelopes within a forest in the gold border. This came in a lot of 1920s/30s textiles, so I believe that it is an older piece. It is not easy to date as they are still making lovely textiles in India, but this does appear to be a cut above what you might now see. It is made in a long rectangular shape, more like a stole or large scarf with tasseled fringe at either end. I think that this might be referred to as a “mundanai/mundhanai” or a “mundai”, meant to be a shoulder and neck covering over a sari. Due to the ornate nature of the piece and the amount of gold thread used, this would have been a fairly expensive piece and reserved for special occasions.
Sizing: The shawl measures 22 3/8” by 70 1/2”, exclusive of its fringe.
Condition: It is in excellent condition with no wear, tear, staining or odour. This shawl has been very well stored over the years.
This is a gorgeous piece - extremely rich looking with the combination of black silk and gold detailing!