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Textiles

  • Place of origin:

    Dhaka (made)

  • Date:

    1872 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven muslin

  • Museum number:

    8361(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Lengths of fine white woven muslin

Place of Origin

Dhaka (made)

Date

1872 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Woven muslin

Object history note

Transferred from India Museum 1879.
Exhibited at the 1857 Paris International Exposition to illustrate the manufactures of Bengal.

Historical context note

Intended for use as clothing, when complete.

Descriptive line

Fine white muslin textiles, Dhaka, 1872

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

p. 76 and p. 83, pl. 3.
Ashmore, Sonia. "Muslin", London, V&A Publishing, 2012.

Labels and date

[03/10/2015-10/01/2016]
WOVEN WINDS

The ancient Romans called India’s finest cottons ‘woven winds’ because of their airy lightness. The country’s cotton fabrics range from the sheerest muslin to robust pieces for everyday use, though fine cottons in particular were a key element of India’s supremacy in textiles. Textured weaves, as on these bath towels, aid absorbency and stimulate the skin.

Length of three bath towels
Cotton (huckaback weave)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, about 1862
V&A: 5587 (IS)

Length of fine muslin
Cotton (plain weave) with silver strip edging
Dhaka, Bangladesh, about 1872
V&A: 8361 (IS) [03/10/2015-10/01/2016]

Materials

Muslin; Cotton

Techniques

Woven

Categories

Textiles; Clothing; Bonita Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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