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Bodice

ca. 1872 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Woman's bodice or choli, made up of green and blue striped cotton and maroon cotton and silk with fine blue and white stripes. The green and blue fabric is embroidered with designs in yellow and dark red floss silk in eye stitch and double running stitch.


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Brief Description
Woman's blouse, striped with red and yellow silk embroidery, Dharwar, Karnataka, ca. 1872; Women's Clothes
Physical Description
Woman's bodice or choli, made up of green and blue striped cotton and maroon cotton and silk with fine blue and white stripes. The green and blue fabric is embroidered with designs in yellow and dark red floss silk in eye stitch and double running stitch.
Dimensions
  • Back of neck to hem length: 30cm
  • Wrist to wrist, across shoulders width: 80cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'INDIA no 582b/Bombay./Division II.-MANUFACTURES, Class 8.-/COTTON&COTTON FABRICS./Name of fabrics/'Choley' (green) from Dharwar/Material of which it is made/Cotton thread/Exhibitors Name/Government of Bombay/Address/Reasons for/Exhibition/to illustrate the different uses of cotton/Price at place of production Rs 1-6-0/Price in London./REMARKS,&c. (For further infomation, see Catalogue') Reverse: 'NO 602/(304, 305). "Cholees" (2, green and black)/worn by Hindu women, Dharwar' (1872 Exhibition card label )
  • 'B/INDIA/Class/ Heading/No.582' [pencil written number '3004'] (Circular 1872 Exhibition label)
Object history
Transferred from India Museum 1879.
Historical context
Intended for use as a garment, clothing.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Indian embroidery / Rosemary Crill ; photography by Richard Davis. London: V&A Publications, 1999 Number: 185177310X, 1851772944 (pbk.)p. 22, cat. no. 138, ill. p.136
Other Number
Collection
Accession Number
8249(IS)

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record createdJune 25, 2009
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