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  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855-1879 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Flattened silver wire, silk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This decorative silver fringe was made for embellishing dress or textiles. To make tinsel, bars of silver or silver gilded with gold leaf were drawn through increasingly small holes in iron plates in a process called wire-drawing. Once the desired thiness of the wire was achieved, it could be hammered flat to create long strips of tinsel. The tinsel could be used flat, or wrapped around a silk core to make metal-wrapped thread (zari). This strip of fringe was made by plaiting tinsel into a band of silk thread.

Physical description

Small length of plaited silk and silver tinsel fringe wrapped around cardboard

Place of Origin

India (made)


ca. 1855-1879 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Flattened silver wire, silk


Length: 188 cm, Width: 1 cm

Object history note

Transferred from India Museum in 1879.

Descriptive line

Small length of plaited silk and silver tinsel fringe wrapped around card, India, ca. 1855-1879


Silver wire; Silk


Plaited; Wire-drawing


Textiles; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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