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Jacket

19th century (made)
Place Of Origin

This unusual jacket is based on European military styles or riding habits, although obviously intended for quite a small Nepalese woman. The materials used are also far from the usual military conventions, combining European patterned velvets with elaborate cuffs, epaulettes and front panels heavily embroidered with seed pearls, sequins and gold-wrapped thread. Western dress uniforms contributed a great deal to formal wear in northern India and Nepal during the later nineteenth century, with many hybrid garments coming into vogue at the Indian and Nepalese courts. This little jacket is an example of just such a garment, looking more like a piece of theatrical costume than something worn by a young courtier in Kathmandu in the 1850s.


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Brief Description
Costume, velvet gold pearls, applied, Nepal
Physical Description
A velvet jacket with gold embroidery and seed pearls.
Dimensions
  • Length: 43cm
  • One arm length: 56cm
Object history
Acquired for the India Museum in Nepal in1855 from Sir [illegible in slip book] Bahadur. Transferred to the SKM in 1879. (Slip number 8221).
Summary
This unusual jacket is based on European military styles or riding habits, although obviously intended for quite a small Nepalese woman. The materials used are also far from the usual military conventions, combining European patterned velvets with elaborate cuffs, epaulettes and front panels heavily embroidered with seed pearls, sequins and gold-wrapped thread. Western dress uniforms contributed a great deal to formal wear in northern India and Nepal during the later nineteenth century, with many hybrid garments coming into vogue at the Indian and Nepalese courts. This little jacket is an example of just such a garment, looking more like a piece of theatrical costume than something worn by a young courtier in Kathmandu in the 1850s.
Bibliographic Reference
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)pp.68-69
Other Number
8221 - India Museum Slip Book
Collection
Accession Number
038(IS)

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