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  • Place of origin:

    Hyderabad (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver wire, flattened

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Physical description

Bundle of flattened silver wire.

Place of Origin

Hyderabad (made)


ca. 1855 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver wire, flattened

Marks and inscriptions

'MADRAS TARIFF./ENG NAME. Silver wire [indecipherable word]/SYN./TAMIL./PRODUCE OR MANUFACTURE. Hyderabad/PRICE PER. [crossed out] 1 R-10 As. 9 [indecipherable word; possibly piece]/WHERE PROCURABLE. Bayan/USAGE./REMARKS.'
Printed and handwritten paper label, attached to object.


Length: 11 cm bundle, Width: 1.5 mm wire approx.

Object history note

Transferred from India Museum 1879. Slip book entry notes that object was purchased.

Historical context note

Intended for use in embellishments for textiles.

Descriptive line

Textile, flattened silver wire, Hyderabad, ca. 1855

Labels and date


For lavish decoration, embroiderers use thin strips of silver or gilded silver (zari), sequins and metal foil, often with tiny pearls. Yarn made of silk thread wrapped with silver (or gilded silver) can be woven or used for embroidery. Metal strips interwoven with silk produce luxurious shiny fabric or ribbon (gota) which can be applied onto cloth.

Silver weave
Cotton warp and silver weft
Murshidabad, West Bengal, about 1850
V&A: 0708 (IS)

Golden weave
Gilded silver warp and silk weft
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, about 1855
V&A: 0695 (IS)

Panel with mankolam (paisley) pattern
Silk, metal-wrapped thread, sequins, pearls, silver strips
Triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 1855–79
V&A: 6502 (IS)

Silver and gilded silver embellishments
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, and Ahmedabad, Gujarat, about 1855
V&A: 6293; 6345; 6346; 6354; 05954:1 to 3; 05939:1, 2 (IS) [03/10/2015-10/01/2016]


Silver wire


Flattened; Drawn


Textiles; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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