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  • Place of origin:

    Madras (made)

  • Date:

    1855 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawstring of purple silk thread interlaced in sprang technique ending in two metal-wrapped thread and silk knobs; one tassel in two seperate sections attached by loops to the knobs at each end. First section of tassel incorporates a portion of wrapped metal-wrapped thread and silk around a core, followed by wrapped twisted silver-gilt strips and silver strips with of blue paint wrapped around cotton base; at centre is a trio of complete irridescent green beetle wing cases, held in place with net of metal-wraped thread, encased in six loops of metal-wrapped thread. Final portion of tassel has four rows of red floss silk 'buds' with metal-strip and silk ribbon (gota) 'leaves' terminating in fluffly tinsel tassles.

Place of Origin

Madras (made)


1855 (made)


Length: 202 cm, Width: 11 cm Widest point of tassel

Object history note

Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. Slip book entry 559: 'Two Silk Payjama Strings / Madras / injured / 1855 / Silk centres Tinsel ends'

Descriptive line

Drawstring (ezarband, for trousers), purple silk band in sprang technique with attached tassels, Madras, 1855; Costume; Textiles; Accessories


Silk thread; Metal-wrapped thread; Ribbon; Beetle-wings; Metal strip; Material


Sprang; Wrapping; Technique


Costumes; Textiles; Accessories; Uniform; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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