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  • Place of origin:

    India (fabric, made)
    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1812-1814 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Muslin dyed in the ikat technique

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The fabric used in this stylish wrap-over gown is an unusual example of Indian ikat, purposely made to attract the European market. Ikat is a Malay term for a complex tie-resist dyeing technique in which the warp (or the weft) threads are dyed to form the pattern before weaving. The soft and blurred transition between the different coloured parts of the pattern is created by the displacement of the threads while weaving. The gown has a round, slightly raised collar and it is adorned with gathered trimmings and narrow shoulder frills.

Physical description

Wrap-over gown made of Indian ikat, with round, slightly raised collar, adorned with gathered trimmings and narrow shoulder frills. Excessively long sleeves with wristbands. Bodice only lined at the back with white cotton and excess of skirt gathered at back. Fastening bands at waist now missing. Length of skirt been adjusted at some point with a tuck around the hem.

Place of Origin

India (fabric, made)
Great Britain (made)


1812-1814 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Muslin dyed in the ikat technique


Length: 108.5 cm waistband to hem, Length: 132 cm centre back to hem

Object history note

Textile of Indian ikat was purposely made to attract the European market.

Descriptive line

Wrap-over gown of Indian ikat, in white with blue and red blurred warps.

Production Note

The fabric is of Indian ikat


Muslin; Cotton


Ikat; Plain weave; Hand stitching


Day wear; Fashion; Images Online; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project; Clothing; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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