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Garment pieces

  • Place of origin:

    Gauhati (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, woven and embroidered

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pieces of a silk skirt or petticoat, red silk embroidered with floral motifs in white, yellow and green, at the end border a band with a plant and bird motif in alternating colours of green and white. A second band depicting a man smoking a huqqa pipe.

Place of Origin

Gauhati (made)


ca. 1855 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, woven and embroidered

Marks and inscriptions

'INDIA-BENGAL/No.591/Division. Group. 7 Class. 20/Name of article./A Silk Petty Coat with flowers/Gowhatty, Assam/Use. Clothing 107'
printed and handwritten paper label, pinned to object tag

'No 73./Gowhatty/A Silk Petticoat/adorned with flowers/on it./Baleesoneer Mekhelah/Price 4 Rs/Contributed by Govt'
handwritten paper label, pinned to object tag


Length: 102 cm of each piece (identical dimensions), Width: 77 cm

Object history note

Transferred from India Museum 1879. Slip book entry 3411: 'Wild Silk Petticoat / Assam / 55 / Crimson Silk figured'

Historical context note

Intended for use as a garment, clothing.

Descriptive line

Textiles, silk garment pieces, Gauhati, ca. 1855




Woven; Embroidered

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Plants; Huqqa; Birds; Figure


Clothing; Textiles; Embroidery; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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