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  • Place of origin:

    Aurangabad (made)

  • Date:

    1885 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    silk and cotton ikat

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

Aurangabad (made)


1885 (made)

Materials and Techniques

silk and cotton ikat


Width: 19.5 cm incomplete

Object history note

'Mashru' is a satin weave cloth with a combination of a cotton weft and silk warp, the cotton weft being the lower layer in contact with the skin. The fabric was originally woven for Muslim men who were prohibited from wearing pure silk. 'Mashru' (meaning 'permitted' in Arabic) was woven all over India, though it survives today mainly in Gujarat.

Descriptive line

'mashru' textile, Araungabad, 1885

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

p. 130-131, pl. 108
Indian ikat textiles / Rosemary Crill. London: V&A Publications, 1998 Number: 1851772421


Textiles; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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