Sash

ca. 1800 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This fine sash (patka) would have been worn by a man around the waist of a tailored robe, probably of the type called a jama. It is woven of fine cotton muslin made in Bengal, then in eastern India but now in Bangladesh, which was traditionally a centre for weaving such fabrics. It is embroidered in a neat floral design with coloured silks in simple running stitch. This embroidered design, which conforms to the Mughal style of the 18th century, was probably meant to imitate a more costly woven pattern.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Embroidered muslin in silks
Brief Description
Man's girdle (Patka) sash of muslin embroidered in silks, probably made in Dhaka, ca. 1800
Physical Description
Man's girdle (Patka) sash of fine muslin embroidered in coloured silks with a pattern which suggests a woven design, with a typical late Mughal floral motif. One end is embroidered with horizontal rows of small stems of conventional flowers in purple with green stalks and leaves. Bands of undulating floral and leafy stems enclose these stems above and below and along the sides.
Dimensions
  • Length: 194cm
  • Width: 58.5cm
  • Length: 80in
  • Width: 23.5in
Credit line
Given by Mrs Mary Antrobus
Object history
Given by Mrs Mary Antrobus.
Subject depicted
Summary
This fine sash (patka) would have been worn by a man around the waist of a tailored robe, probably of the type called a jama. It is woven of fine cotton muslin made in Bengal, then in eastern India but now in Bangladesh, which was traditionally a centre for weaving such fabrics. It is embroidered in a neat floral design with coloured silks in simple running stitch. This embroidered design, which conforms to the Mughal style of the 18th century, was probably meant to imitate a more costly woven pattern.
Bibliographic References
  • Arts of Bengal : the heritage of Bangladesh and eastern India : an exhibition organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum : 9 November-30 December 1979, Whitechapel Art Gallery ..., 12 January-17 February 1980, Manchester City Art Gallery ... . [London]: Whitechapel Art Gallery, [1979] Number: 085488047X (pbk.) :p.66
  • Ashmore, Sonia. "Muslin", London, V&A Publishing, 2012.p. 76, p. 87, pl. 13.
  • Indian embroidery / Rosemary Crill ; photography by Richard Davis. London: V&A Publications, 1999 Number: 185177310X, 1851772944 (pbk.)p.65, cat. no. 543
  • Swallow, D., Stronge, S., Crill, R., Koezuka, T., editor and translator, "The Art of the Indian Courts. Miniature Painting and Decorative Arts", Victoria & Albert Museum and NHK Kinki Media Plan, 1993.p. 56, cat. no. 36
Collection
Accession Number
IM.33-1925

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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