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  • Place of origin:

    Tamil Nadu (made)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cloth ring with glass beads and cowrie shells, and vegetable stalks

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss A.W. Dickinson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Armlet formed of a cloth ring bound with red and indigo blue dyed fibre of Nilgiri nettle (Girardina heterophylla), brown glass beads and young cowrie shells (Cypraea moneta). The armlet has blue and red arm-ring sewn on the outer side with three rows of iridescent brown glass beads. Loosely attached to the ring is a large rosette formed of 4 concentric rings of white cowrie-shells sewn onto a disc of interwoven vegetable-stalks and completely covered by fine black nettle fibre.

Place of Origin

Tamil Nadu (made)


early 20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cloth ring with glass beads and cowrie shells, and vegetable stalks


Diameter: 75 cm ring, Diameter: 83 cm rosette, Diameter: 36 in ring, Diameter: 36.25 in rosette approx.

Descriptive line

Armlet of cloth ring bound with Nilgiri nettle fibre, glass beads and cowrie shells, Tamil Nadu, early 20th century

Production Note

Probably from Nilgiri Hills area.


Cotton; Glass-beads; Cowrie shells; Fibre


Sewing; Weaving


Textiles; Women's clothes; Accessories


South & South East Asia Collection

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