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|"Glove": Indian, nineteenth century; handknitted; wool; 75⁄16". 30.12, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of N. M. Heermaneck. Photograph © 2006 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.|
by Deborah Pulliam
Intensely patterned in yellow, black, red, and white, this knitted glove from nineteenth-century India comes from "the stores of the Nizam of Hyderabad."
Seven Muslim hereditary Nizams ruled this autonomous princely kingdom in the Deccan plateau region of India from 1724 to 1948, when Hyderabad became an Indian state.
Knitted in very fine, loosely plied woolen yarn at a gauge of 28 stitches to the inch, the glove is typical of Indian knitting, which draws heavily on the bright color patterning and elaborate floral designs developed in the eighteenth century for shawls and other printed fabrics. (Although there's some evidence of knitting in eighteenth-century India, Moravian missionaries may have encouraged its rapid spread in the early nineteenth century.)
One repeated and varied element in Indian and Persian design is the boteh, a cone-shaped image often with a curving tip that has been interpreted as a flame, tear drop, pine cone, pear, tree of life, and the shah's thumbprint.
In western Europe, the motif became especially well known through the patterning of paisley shawls, which reached the height of their popularity in the nineteenth century.
Her snakker vi om en strikkefasthet på 28 masker per tomme!! Minner om at en tomme er 2,5 cm (sånn cirka).
Artikkelen er hentet fra Knitting Daily, 22. November 2010.