c. 1855 (made)
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Place Of Origin

Mashru fabric with ikat chevron design.

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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Woven cotton and silk
Brief Description
Length of ikat mashru fabric with chevron design, Tanjore, c. 1855
Physical Description
Mashru fabric with ikat chevron design.
  • Width: 85.5cm
Object history
'Mashru' is a satin weave cloth with a combination of a cotton weft and silk warp, the cotton weft being the lower layer in contact with the skin. The fabric was originally woven for Muslim men who were prohibited from wearing pure silk. 'Mashru' (meaning 'permitted' in Arabic) was woven all over India, though it survives today mainly in Gujarat.
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Bibliographic Reference
Indian ikat textiles / Rosemary Crill. London: V&A Publications, 1998 Number: 1851772421pp/.132-133, pl. 110
Other Number
8375 - India Museum Slip Book
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record createdMarch 26, 2003
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