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Turban length

  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven muslin, tie-dyed, woven gold-wrapped thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Physical description

Rolled turban length, dark blue muslin, tie-dyed with an all-over lattice design in white.

Place of Origin

Delhi (made)


ca. 1855 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven muslin, tie-dyed, woven gold-wrapped thread


Width: 21.5 cm folded bundle, Length: 21 cm folded bundle, Width: 21.5 cm Flat unrolled, Length: 1190 cm Flat unrolled

Object history note

Transferred from India Museum 1879. Slip book entry 7844 (possibly incorrect reference): Turban Piece / Delhi / 55 / 1690 old List / Green Muslin Gold Stripe in end'

Descriptive line

Textile, turban length, tie-dyed muslin, woven gold-wrapped thread, Delhi, ca. 1855

Labels and date


Indigo takes its name from ‘India’. Derived from the leaves of shrubs in the Indigofera family, the dye has been used for millennia in most regions of India to colour yarn and fabric (especially cotton) in shades of blue. Indigo is a substantive dye, which fixes without the help of a mordant. To make patterned cloth, the dyer may use a ‘resist’ such as wax or string to prevent some areas turning blue, as on this 19th-century turban.

1. Woman’s dress
Indigo-dyed cotton
Kohat, Pakistan, 1850–70
V&A: 4815 (IS)

2. Plain indigo-dyed muslin
Srikakulam (Chicacole), Andhra Pradesh, about 1855
V&A: 8910 (IS)

3. Indigo bricks
Bengal, about 1877
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

4. Tie-dyed turban cloth
Indigo-dyed cotton
Delhi, about 1855
V&A: 7871 (IS) [03/10/2015-10/01/2016]


Muslin; Cotton; Gold-wrapped thread


Woven; Tie-dyed

Subjects depicted



Textiles; Hats & headwear; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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