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The circular shape of the neck opening, over a flat panel underneath, identifies this young man's robe as an angarkha, one of the most popular forms of traditional courtly or formal wear in northern India. This particular garment is unusual in that the elaborate gold-thread and silk embroidery has been done separately, and has been applied on to the ground fabric of the angarkha. The decoration around the back and shoulders in in the unusual form of a draped scarf, rather reminiscent of the 'cloud collar', a foliated decorative treatment of the neck and shoulders of some Central Asian garments.
Boy's robe (angarkha) of cotton, with applied panels of cotton embroidered with gold-wrapped thread and silk thread.
Place of Origin
angarakha; Costume, white cotton gold, couched
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
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)
Clothing; Textiles; India Museum
South & South East Asia Collection