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Angarkha

  • Place of origin:

    India (North , made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, woven with metal-wrapped thread, and trimmed with silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss E. Cobbe

  • Museum number:

    IS.214-1953

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 13

Physical description

Warp-faced red silk, brocaded with rows of small single blossoms on stems. The blossoms alternate between silver-wrapped and silver-gilt-wrapped petals. The stems and leaves are woven in blue and yellow floss silk. A band of silver-gilt and silk ribbon (gota) runs from the waist at one side of the opening around the neck down the other side. A row of silver-gilt wrapped acorn shaped decorative fasteners line the upper left side. The robe is lined with a striped cotton and trimmed with yellow and green silk.

Place of Origin

India (North , made)

Date

mid 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Silk, woven with metal-wrapped thread, and trimmed with silk

Dimensions

Length: 30 in, Width: 45 in

Descriptive line

Child's angarkha (robe), red silk woven with silver and gold flowers in metal-wrapped thread, lined with cotton and trimmed with silk, North India, mid 19th century; Textiles; Clothing

Labels and date

CHILD’S ANGARKHA
Silk, woven with metal-wrapped thread, and trimmed with silk
North India
Mid 19th century
IS.214-1953
Given by Miss E. Cobbe

Courtly children’s clothes were no less lavish than adult garments, as this child-sized angarkha, or robe, demonstrates. Generally children were dressed in the same kinds of clothing as adults, from angarkhas to saris. In some regions, girls and boys wore the same garments until puberty, when the girls began to wear more feminine garments. [01/08/2017]

Materials

Silk textile; Floss silk; Metal-wrapped thread; Metal-strip; Silk thread; Cotton (textile)

Techniques

Brocading; Tailoring

Categories

Textiles; Clothing

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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