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Silk chiffon stole, hand-rolled, 25'' x 71''
Ref. H401747S 03
Inspired by an Indian wall-hanging of silk embroidered with gold, this carré tells the story of India’s celebrated tiger-hunts of old, captured in a wealth of iconic imagery evoking the sumptuous lifestyles of the maharajahs at the height of their power. The extravagant hunting-parties mobilised a cast of thousands, and hundreds of elephants – an extraordinary, dense multitude invading the wild, captured in this highly original composition. Based on a rich wall-hanging, the design has the detail, finesse and complexity of a manuscript illumination, arranged in a series of borders echoing the endlessly repeated motifs of block-printed Indian textiles. In the centre, a clearing bustles with gazelles, birds and foxes, then, the surrounding friezes succeed each other, filled by horses and elephants. And everywhere, the tigers lurk…
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