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  • Place of origin:

    Varanasi (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk, gold-wrapped and silk thread brocade

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a fine example of kincob, an anglicised term of uncertain origin. Kincob is a rich silk fabric with patterns woven in a weft thread of gold and silver-wrapped thread (zari). It is made by wrapping gold or silver wire around a silk core (kalabuttu zari). Kincob was usually sold by weight. Benares (Varanasi ), an important centre of fine weaving from ancient times, developed as a silk weaving centre during the Mughal period. It still has many fine silk weaving workshops. The trailing vine pattern on this piece is found in many other media including stone carving.

Physical description

Woven silk with flower design brocaded in stripes of gold-wrapped thread and coloured silks on purple silk ground.

Place of Origin

Varanasi (made)


ca. 1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven silk, gold-wrapped and silk thread brocade

Object history note

Exhibited at the Great Exhibition, 1851. Some of the examples shown at the 1851 Exhibition were afterwards sold off by weight for their metal value alone.

Descriptive line

Textile, fragments, woven silk, gold-wrapped thread brocade, Varanasi, ca. 1850


Silk; Gold-wrapped thread; Silk thread


Woven; Brocaded

Subjects depicted



Textiles; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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