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  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855-1879 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-wrapped and silk thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Skeins of silver-wrapped thread bound with silver-wrapped thread and red silk.

Place of Origin

India (made)


ca. 1855-1879 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver-wrapped and silk thread


Length: 13 cm bundle maximum, Width: 2.75 cm bundle

Object history note

Transferred from India Museum 1879.

Historical context note

Intended for use in embellishments for textiles.

Descriptive line

Textile, silver-wrapped thread, silk thread, India, ca. 1855-1879

Labels and date


For lavish decoration, embroiderers use thin strips of silver or gilded silver (zari), sequins and metal foil, often with tiny pearls. Yarn made of silk thread wrapped with silver (or gilded silver) can be woven or used for embroidery. Metal strips interwoven with silk produce luxurious shiny fabric or ribbon (gota) which can be applied onto cloth.

Silver weave
Cotton warp and silver weft
Murshidabad, West Bengal, about 1850
V&A: 0708 (IS)

Golden weave
Gilded silver warp and silk weft
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, about 1855
V&A: 0695 (IS)

Panel with mankolam (paisley) pattern
Silk, metal-wrapped thread, sequins, pearls, silver strips
Triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 1855–79
V&A: 6502 (IS)

Silver and gilded silver embellishments
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, and Ahmedabad, Gujarat, about 1855
V&A: 6293; 6345; 6346; 6354; 05954:1 to 3; 05939:1, 2 (IS) [03/10/2015-10/01/2016]


Silver-wrapped thread; Silk thread; Silver




Textiles; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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