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I’m always drawn to representations of fabric in paintings and especially so in traditional Indian miniatures. I found this image after doing a few searches on the Rubin Art Museum — a fairly new museum in NYC which I haven’t had a chance to go yet. While their stated focus is on the art of the Himalayas it looks like they cast a wider net in their temporary exhibitions and publishing. In any case, I love the way both the men’s clothing and the carpet they stand on is shown here. It may be simplistic / naive by some Western art history standards but it’s completely expressive in my book. And speaking of books, I’m adding this one to my wish list! Here’s a link to a review the New York Times did about the exhibition at the time; it provides a good primer to the Sikh religion.