Off-white cotton sheer ground with embroidered design of a stylized floral spray with two large blossoms and numerous small ones curving to the left. The vines are executed in gold foil strips, the small flowers in gilt sequins, and the leaves in beetle elytra.
Featured Image: Fragment (India), 19th century; cotton ground, beetle elytra, gold foil strips, gilt sequins, gold metal-wrapped silk thread. technique: embroidery with beetle wings cut and sewn on and sequins sewn on; 24.2 x 17.3 cm (9 1/2 x 6 13/16 in. ); 1931-43-20