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  • Place of origin:

    Derajat (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk, applied gold wire

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Applied ribbon of gota, made of thin strips of flattened gold wire woven together with silk or cotton thread, is traditionally a popular form of decoration in northern India. On this bodice, it has been applied as flat strips, in zigzag patterns and as cut-out forms, with additional bands of tightly folded gota adding emphasis to the front panel and the edge of the cuffs, shown here. This type of green silk ground fabric was particularly popular in Panjab and northern Rajasthan in the nineteenth century. This blouse would be worn with a full skirt and a large head-cover to cover the head and upper body.

Physical description

Woman's blouse (choli) of red and green silk with applied ribbon, of flattened gold wire, in stylised plant designs.

Place of Origin

Derajat (made)


ca. 1867 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven silk, applied gold wire


Length: 32 cm at front, Width: 103 cm across arms, sleeve to sleeve

Object history note

Transferred from India Museum 1879. 1880 Register Entry: '05465. DRESS - BODICE: Hindu woman's; Derajat. 6256'. Slip book entry 6256: 'Woman's suit of clothes / Derajat, Punjab / Price Rs. 5-11 / 1867 / Original nos. 892 / consist of 3 pieces.'

Historical context note

Intended for use as a garment, clothing.

Descriptive line

Bodice (choli), for a Hindu woman, silk, applied gold wire ribbon, Derajat, ca. 1867

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

pps. 70-71
Dress in detail from around the world / Rosemary Crill, Jennifer Wearden and Verity Wilson ; with contributions from Anna Jackson and Charlotte Horlyck ; photographs by Richard Davis, drawings by Leonie Davis. London: V&A Publications, 2002 Number: 1851773770 (hbk), 1851773789 (pbk)


Silk; Gold wire


Woven; Applied work

Subjects depicted



Clothing; Textiles; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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