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  • Place of origin:

    Udagamandalam (made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Toda (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry-woven and hand-embroidered cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss A.W. Dickinson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Mantle (Putkuli) of strong and coarse unbleached cotton cloth with tapestry-woven red and black stripes, hand-embroidered bands and stripes in indigo-dyed fibre of Nilgiri nettle (Girardina heterophylla). Mantle is double fold, and the two folds sewn together at one corner of the bottom. Ornament confined to one third of length worn on outside. Red bands alternate with dark blue bands embroidered in darn and loop-stitches in zig-zag and diamond motives, and stripes of chevron devices descending from broad black stripe. Woven and embroidered with stitching.

Place of Origin

Udagamandalam (made)


20th century (made)


Toda (made)

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry-woven and hand-embroidered cotton


Width: 128 cm, Length: 232 cm, Length: 96 in, Width: 67 in

Object history note

Given by Miss A W Dickinson

Descriptive line

Textile, cloak (Putkuli) of tapestry-woven and hand-embroidered cotton, Udagamandalam, 20th century.

Production Note

Worn by a woman of the Toda pastoral tribe from Nilgiri Hills, Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu.


Cotton; Nettle-cloth


Weaving; Embroidering


Women's clothes; Textiles; Embroidery; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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