Indian Embroidered Shawl or Rumal with monogram, Bengal circa 1900
Made in Bengal for trade to the Ottoman Empire these silk chain stitch embroideries came chiefly in two forms.
1) as seen her as a ‘rimal’ possibly serving the purpose locally as bohçe.
2) As a shawl in which case it would be about double the size.
Typically these pale yellow on cream cloths were silk on silk or fine lawn.
This is from the Odhama culture where it’s described as ‘abuchini’, an embroiderd shawl worn by brides in the Indus Valley.
The centre reads Hallandale which is Arabic for Alleppo, we can therefore surmise it was made for someone in Aleppo, Syria.
Measurements: 106 X 114cm