Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.


  • Place of origin:

    Gujarat (made)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin embroidered with floss silk, edged with silk, lined with printed cotton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Baby's bonnet of embroidered purple satin with floss silks in white, green, red, blue, pink and yellow, and edged with a three-layered silk frill. With cross-stitch embroidery. Lined with white cotton printed with red flowers and edged along the bottom with red satin and along the edges that frame the face with a gathered frill of yellow, purple and green silks in three layers.

Place of Origin

Gujarat (made)


early 20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Satin embroidered with floss silk, edged with silk, lined with printed cotton


Width: 16.8 cm maximum, Height: 17.5 cm maximum

Object history note

The cross-stitch embroidery on this baby's cap is typically Gujarati (Jain work from Kutch), though the shape of the bonnet is totally European. The 'cabbage rose' design of the border also shows strong European influence. The ruffles around the edge of the cap give it a particularly Victorian look, but the use of the European-style baby's bonnet pre-dates the 19th Century.

Descriptive line

Baby's bonnet of embroidered satin with floss silks, Gujarat, early 20th century.

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

p.33, cat. no. 11
Hats from India / Rosemary Crill. [London]: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985 Number: 0948107308

Production Note

Jain work from Kutch


Satin; Silk


Embroidering; Sewing


Hats & headwear; Children's clothes; Embroidery; Accessories; Textiles


South & South East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.