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  • Place of origin:

    Madras (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red muslin and gold brocade

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Caps like this, made from two half-moon shapes sewn together, were generally known as 'dopalri' (two scales), and the small, delicate versions like this one were called 'nukkadar' (pointed). These caps were introduced in the early 19th Century. The 'dopalri' became an informal hat worn without the turban.

Place of Origin

Madras (made)


mid 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Red muslin and gold brocade


Length: 24 cm, Height: 12.7 cm

Object history note

Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Case 17] '0503. SKULL CAP. Scarlet, embroidered with gold and silver; Madras. 11699'

Descriptive line

Muslin and brocade cap, Madras, mid 19th century.

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

p.45, cat. no. 25
Hats from India / Rosemary Crill. [London]: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985 Number: 0948107308


Muslin; Brocade


Sewing; Embroidering; Brocading


Hats & headwear; Accessories; Textiles; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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