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  • Place of origin:

    Amritsar (used)

  • Date:

    c.1855 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The heavy gold embroidery and couching on this man's woollen robe from northern India is typical of the work done in the Panjab during the 19th century. The loose robe itself is originally a Central Asian type, typified by the simple cut and colourful lining with facing in a contrasting colour. Robes like this are not usually worn closed, or are fastened by a sash wrapped around the waist, so these large, decorative gold-thread fastenings would have been mostly for decoration.

Physical description

Man's robe(choga) of black wool, with heavy embellishment of couched metal-wrapped thread in paisley, floral and scrolling designs. The black ground of the upper front, back and sleeves are nearly completely covered by the silver and silver-gilt wrapped thread. Lined with red silk with a borad yellow silk strip along the botton edge.

Place of Origin

Amritsar (used)


c.1855 (made)


Length: 1360 mm, Circumference: 1360 mm, Width: 420 mm, Length: 630 mm

Object history note

Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. Slip book entry 3731: 'Cashmere Coat / Choga / Umritsur / 55 / cost Rs 90 / Black Emb'd thoughout with Gold and lined with Crimson silk'

Descriptive line

Robe (choga) of black wool heavily embroidered and couched with metal-wrapped thread, Amritsar, c.1855; Clothing; Textiles

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)


Wool; Metal-wrapped thread; Silk (textile)


Couching; Embroidery


Clothing; Embroidery; Textiles; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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