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Sari

  • Place of origin:

    Ahmedabad (Register notes made in Ahmedabad jail , made)

  • Date:

    ca.1881 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Block-printed cotton

  • Museum number:

    IS.116-1883

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Mughal derived flower design, colours and block printing are typical of Western India. The zig-zag motif in the ground resembles the 'lahariya' tie-dye design.

According to the 1883 Inventory, this sari was made in Ahmedabad Jail, Gujarat. The British policy of setting up manufacturing projects in jails caused some controversy, particularly with respect to carpet production, as it was felt that the quality was generally inferior, and the design and colourings vulgar. Jail productions were usually associated with carpet and durrie weaving.

Physical description

Block-printed cotton with centre of chevrons enclosing floral pattern in red, on blue ground (faded from green). Two borders at each end, one large and one small, of flowering plants in buta shape and running floral pattern on red ground.

Place of Origin

Ahmedabad (Register notes made in Ahmedabad jail , made)

Date

ca.1881 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Block-printed cotton

Dimensions

Width: 130 cm, Length: 426 cm

Object history note

1883 Register entry: 'WOMAN'S GARMENT. "SARI.' In form of a shawl with narrow side and long end borders. Centre of chevrons neclosing floral pattern in red, on green ground. Bordering of pink, black, green and yellow cones and running floral pattern on red ground. Ahmedabad jail. L. 14 ft. W. 4 ft 1in.

Historical context note

According to the 1883 Inventory,this sari was made in Ahmedabad Jail, Gujarat. The British policy of setting up manufacturing projects in jails caused some controversy, particularly with respect to carpet production, as it was felt that the quality was generally inferior, and the design and colourings vulgar. Jail productions were usually associated with carpet and durrie weaving.

Descriptive line

Sari, block printed cotton, Ahmedabad, c.1881; Textiles; Clothing

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Weaving; Block printing

Subjects depicted

Patterns; Plants

Categories

Textiles; Women's clothes; Clothing; Parasol Foundation Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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