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Fragment

Fragment

  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (Probably, made)

  • Date:

    c. 1700-1750 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, embroidered with silk floss and metal-wrapped thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by N.H. Heeramaneck, Esq.

  • Museum number:

    IM.54-1924

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 2

Physical description

Fragment of cotton dress fabric embroidered with coloured silks and strips of silver-gilt wire. The pattern is composed of horizontal rows of a repeated poppy plant bearing three salmon-tinted flowers, buds and serrated leaves in two shades of green. Worked in Sindhi stitch and outlined by couched strips of silver-gilt wire.

Place of Origin

Delhi (Probably, made)

Date

c. 1700-1750 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, embroidered with silk floss and metal-wrapped thread

Dimensions

Length: 9 in, Width: 23 in maximum, Width: 59 cm Maximum width, :, Length: 24 cm Maximum length

Object history note

Formerly in the collection of the Nizams of Hyderabad.

Descriptive line

Fragment of dress fabric, cotton, embroidered with silk floss and metal-wrapped thread, Mughal (probably Delhi), c.1700-50; Textiles; Clothing

Labels and date

FRAGMENTS OF DRESS FABRIC
Cotton, embroidered with silk floss and metal-wrapped thread
Mughal
1700-50
IM.54-1924
Given by N.H. Heeramaneck

Muslin, hand-drawn, printed and dyed, with applied gold leaf
Hyderabad, Deccan
18th century
IM.50-1924
Given by N.H. Heeramaneck

These fragments of floral dress fabric came from the textile stores of the Nizams of Hyderabad. The first Nizam was the Mughal governor of Hyderabad, and Mughal styles heavily influenced Hyderabad’s court culture. The Nizams ruled Hyderabad independently from 1724 to 1948. In that time they amassed one of the richest textile collections in the world.
[01/08/2017]

Materials

Cotton; Material; Floss silk; Metal strip

Techniques

Embroidery; Couching

Categories

Textiles; Embroidery

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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