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  • Place of origin:

    Kutch (Bansali Community, made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton worked with silks, mirrors.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs A. R. Ditmas

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Bodice of brown cotton embroidered with coloured silks and decorated with small mirrors. Tie fastenings at the back.

Place of Origin

Kutch (Bansali Community, made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton worked with silks, mirrors.


Length: 17 in, Width: 30.5 in across sleeves

Descriptive line

Bodice of brown cotton embroidered with silk thread and decorated with mirrors, Kutch, Gujarat, 19th century

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

p. 20, cat. no 105, ill. p. 106
Indian embroidery / Rosemary Crill ; photography by Richard Davis. London: V&A Publications, 1999 Number: 185177310X, 1851772944 (pbk.)
Crill, Rosemary, Arts of Asia, vol. 45, no. 5, September - October 2015, "The Fabric of India" Exhibition, p.71, pl. 10.

Labels and date


Both natural and man-made products are used to decorate textiles in India. Mirror-work (associated with western India and Pakistan) is perhaps the best known. Embroiderers also sew the wing-cases of ‘jewel beetles’ (Bupestridae) on to fabric to dazzling effect. European glass beads are used to embellish garments and household objects, while minerals such as mica can be ground up and printed with adhesive onto fabric.

Mica-printed jacket
Cotton, mirror-work and adhesive-printed mica powder
Satara, Maharashtra, about 1855
V&A: 6558 (IS)

Mirror-work choli (bodice)
Cotton embroidered with silk and mirror-work
Kutch, Gujarat, about 1900
Given by Mrs A.R. Ditmas.
V&A: IS.55-1957

Cotton with glass beads
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, about 1855
V&A: 0345 (IS)

Border for a dress
Cotton muslin with beetle wing-cases and gilded silver
Possibly Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, about 1850
Given by Mrs Mary Gordon.
V&A: IS.486-1992 [03/10/2015-10/01/2016]


Textiles; Women's clothes; Embroidery


South & South East Asia Collection

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