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Dupatta

  • Place of origin:

    Hyderabad (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk and silver strips, embroidered with silk, sequins, and foil

  • Museum number:

    IS.2125-1883

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 13

Physical description

Dopatta (headcover) of silver-gilt strips woven with silk thread, embroidered with silk, sequins and coloured metal foil.

Place of Origin

Hyderabad (made)

Date

ca. 1880 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Woven silk and silver strips, embroidered with silk, sequins, and foil

Dimensions

Length: 217 cm, Width: 82.5 cm

Object history note

Acquired by Caspar Purdon-Clarke during his purchasing trip to India in 1881-1882.

Descriptive line

Dupatta (head cover), woven silk and silver strips, embroidered with silk, sequins, and foil, Hyderabad, ca. 1880; Textiles; Clothing; Accessories

Labels and date

SILVER DUPATTA
Woven silk and silver strips, embroidered with silk, sequins, and foil
Hyderabad, Deccan
c. 1881-2
IS.2125-1883

This dupatta, a woman’s shawl or head-cover, is woven from an extremely fragile combination of silk and strips of gilded silver. The women of the court of Hyderabad, a kingdom of legendary wealth, developed distinct styles of draping richly ornamented fabrics over kurta (tops) and paijama (trousers). Some of these styles are still in use in the region today. [01/08/2017]
SILVER HEAD-COVER

Indian formal wear often has glittering metallic decoration sewn on to it. Much rarer are pieces like this with strips of silver and gilded silver actually woven into the fabric. Though further embellished with coloured metal foil (imitating jewels and beetles' wing-cases), the cloth remains flexible enough to be draped over the head or shoulders.

Gilded silver and silver warp and silk weft, with silver sequins, metal foil and floss silk
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, 1881-2
V&A: IS.2125-1883 [03/10/2015-10/01/2016]

Materials

Silk thread; Metal strip; Foil; Sequins

Techniques

Weaving; Embroidery

Categories

Textiles; Clothing; Accessories

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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