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  • Place of origin:

    Nepal (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

A velvet jacket with gold embroidery and seed pearls.

Place of Origin

Nepal (made)


19th century (made)


Length: 43 cm, Length: 56 cm one arm

Object history note

Acquired for the India Museum in Nepal in1855 from Sir [illegible in slip book] Bahadur. Transferred to the SKM in 1879. (Slip number 8221).

Descriptive line

Costume, velvet gold pearls, applied, Nepal

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

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)




Clothing; Textiles; Women's clothes; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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