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  • Place of origin:

    Lucknow (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Muslin, woven, with cotton embroidery

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss P. I. Pisani

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Handkerchief of embroidered white muslin. With a scalloped edge. Chikan embroidery with sections of bukhia and openwork. The pattern consists of a central medallion in the form of a flowerhead with leafy plants stemming from between the petals. Outside this area is a circular border of four elephants completed in openwork and four stylised flowering plants, and outside this is another border of leafy plants squared off by a double scalloped edge.

Place of Origin

Lucknow (made)


late 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Muslin, woven, with cotton embroidery


Length: 28.5 cm, Width: 28.5 cm

Historical context note

Intended for use as pocket handkerchief.

Descriptive line

Handkerchief of chikan embroidered cotton muslin, Lucknow, late 19th century.


Muslin; Cotton; Cotton


Woven; Embroidered


Accessories; Embroidery; Textiles; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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