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Angarkha

  • Place of origin:

    India (North India, made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, embroidered with silk floss, metal-wrapped thread and metal-strips

  • Credit Line:

    Anonymous Loan

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:LORY.4

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 13

This elegant robe would have been worn by a man at one of the courts of northern India. The floor-length gathered skirt was popular in the 18th century, in contrast to the shorter robes of the previous century. The staggered floral design is typical of late Mughal design, and is often seen printed on textiles, as well as embroidered as in this example.

Physical description

Angarkha (robe) of white cotton with repeating pattern of embroidered floral stems. Each flower is made up three gold blossoms of silver-gilt strip couched with metal-wrapped thread, with red silk floss centres, on blue and yellow floss silk stems and leaves outlined in metal-wrapped thread. The robe has long sleeves, opens at the front with an in-set 'purdah' panel over the chest, and a floor-length gathered skirt.

Place of Origin

India (North India, made)

Date

18th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, embroidered with silk floss, metal-wrapped thread and metal-strips

Descriptive line

Young man's angarkha (robe), cotton embroidered with silk floss, metal-wrapped thread and metal-strips, Mughal (probably North India), late 18th century; Textiles; Clothing; Embroidery

Labels and date

YOUNG MAN’S ANGARKHA
Cotton, embroidered with silk floss, metal-wrapped thread and metal-strips
Mughal
Late 18th century
Anonymous loan

An angarkha (from a Sanskrit term meaning ‘body protector’) is a type of robe characterised by an insert panel over the chest. This young man’s angarkha is embroidered with a style of floral motif popular during the late Mughal era. Its floor-length skirt dates it to the late 18th century, when the fashion was for much longer robes than the knee-length of earlier decades. [01/08/2017]
Robe [2001]

Materials

Cotton (textile); Floss silk; Metal-wrapped thread; Metal strip

Techniques

Embroidery

Categories

Clothing; Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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