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  • Place of origin:

    Hyderabad (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk and metal-wrapped thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

One of the aims of the Great Exhibition of 1851 was to educate visitors in the principles of good design. Brocades from India were especially appreciated for not only the quality of their technique but also for the composition of their design. Following the close of the exhibition, the South Kensington Museum purchased a number of these brocades for their collection, of which this length was one. Though now greatly faded, the original flower motif would have been a striking combination of bright yellow silk and silver gilt-wrapped thread against the dark red background.

Physical description

Length of red silk, brocaded with rows of stylised flowers in silver gilt-wrapped thread and green and yellow silk. Complete piece.

Place of Origin

Hyderabad (made)


ca. 1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven silk and metal-wrapped thread


Length: 117.5 cm, Width: 79 cm

Object history note

Exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Descriptive line

Brocade, woven silk and metal-wrapped thread, Hyderabad, ca. 1850


Silk (textile); Metal-wrapped thread




Textiles; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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