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  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    cotton. with silk braid

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Pockets imitating the circular openings of European watch-pockets enjoyed a fashion in northern India during the second half of the nineteenth century, and are seen in all sorts of male coats and jackets. It has even been suggested that the shape has some religious significance, the crescent moon being a symbol of Islam. However, it is much more likely that this attractive detail owes its popularity in India to the strong influence of European styles on formal male dress. The rest of the coat is in the style of a northern Indian closely fitted coat such as the achkan or its close relative the chapkan, both of which button down the front.

Physical description

Young man's coat of white cotton with applied silk braid decoration and printed cotton facings. The coat has pockets with circular openings imitating European watch pockets.

Place of Origin

India (made)


mid 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

cotton. with silk braid

Descriptive line

Costume, white cotton, embroidered printed, Northern India, mid 19th century

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

pp.146-47 ill.
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)


Cotton; Silk braid


Clothing; Men's clothes; Textiles; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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