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Blouse

19th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Woman's blouse (kurta) of embroidered red silk with white and black silk. With an opening off-centre to fasten with a loop and button (missing). The upper back and front and the short sleeves are embroidered in small running stitches with finely detailed and highly stylised rosettes, snail-like butis, flowering plants and peacocks. Geometric bands edge the sleeves and neck. The embroidered areas taper to a point on the front and back.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Embroidered silk with silks
Brief description
Woman's blouse (kurta) of embroidered silk with silks, Sindh, 19th century
Physical description
Woman's blouse (kurta) of embroidered red silk with white and black silk. With an opening off-centre to fasten with a loop and button (missing). The upper back and front and the short sleeves are embroidered in small running stitches with finely detailed and highly stylised rosettes, snail-like butis, flowering plants and peacocks. Geometric bands edge the sleeves and neck. The embroidered areas taper to a point on the front and back.
Dimensions
  • Centre back of neck to centre of bottom hem length: 83cm
  • Across sleeves width: 110cm
Bibliographic references
  • Indian embroidery / Rosemary Crill ; photography by Richard Davis. London: V&A Publications, 1999 Number: 185177310X, 1851772944 (pbk.) p. 20, cat. no. 101, ill. p. 104
  • Colours of the Indus : costume and textiles of Pakistan / Nasreen Askari and Rosemary Crill. London: Merrell Holberton in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1997 Number: 1858940443 p.35, pl. 49
Collection
Accession number
IS.58-1981

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Record createdJune 25, 2009
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