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  • Place of origin:

    Lucknow (made)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Muslin, woven and appliquéd

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This man's shirt (kurta) is decorated with white applique designs around the neck, cuffs, hem and down the side seams. Cotton applique was popular in Lucknow in northern India, where this shirt comes from, for both garments and coverings for household and ritual objects.

Physical description

A man's large shirt (kurta) of white muslin with appliqué decoration around the neck, cuffs, edges and down the side seams, and open-work ('jali' work) around the armholes.

Place of Origin

Lucknow (made)


early 20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Muslin, woven and appliquéd


Length: 106 cm, Width: 164 cm maximum with arms outstretched

Historical context note

Intended for use as clothing/garment.

Descriptive line

Textile, man's shirt (kurta), appliqué muslin, Lucknow, early 20th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p. 77, p. 105, pl. 35.
Ashmore, Sonia. "Muslin", London, V&A Publishing, 2012.


Muslin; Cotton; Cotton


Woven; Applique


Clothing; Textiles; Men's clothes; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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