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  • Place of origin:

    Madras (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1881-1882 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven cotton and silk

  • Museum number:

    IS.1783:1 to 4-1883

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Sari in four fragments, cotton, dark purple woven with weft ikat flecks in a diamond pattern in the field, plain at one end. The principle end has a woven band of orange silk and smaller bands of dotted orange silk. The side borders are patterned with white cotton in a diamond pattern on blue, with guard strips in orange.

Place of Origin

Madras (made)


ca. 1881-1882 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Woven cotton and silk


Width: 104 cm Whole sari, Length: 713 cm Full sari approx, Length: 138 cm Part 1, Length: 195 cm Part 2, Length: 193 cm Part 3, Length: 187 cm Part 4

Object history note

1883 register entry: Dress piece (sari). Cotton, with a pattern of spots forming a check in white on a purple ground, with narrow striped side borders, and end border in bands and stripes of yellow silk. Madras, 19th cent. L 23ft 10 in. W 3ft 5.5 in. Bought 12s.

Historical context note

The complete object would have been intended for use as a garment, clothing.

Descriptive line

Sari in four fragments, purple cotton with trellis design in white ikat, Madras, ca. 1881-1882; Textiles; Clothing; Women's Clothes


Cotton; Silk thread


Woven; Ikat


Clothing; Textiles; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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