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Sari

c.1881-82 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Sari, woven cotton, red warp and blue weft, narrow side borders in white, blue and yellow, the principal end is woven in bands with a small diaper patterns in yellow silk, the borders have a supplementary weave in white silk, part of the border is in a blue and white diaper pattern and a yellow and blue stripe.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Woven cotton and silk
Brief description
Woman's wrapped garment (sari), purple cotton with silk borders and brocading, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, c.1881-82
Physical description
Sari, woven cotton, red warp and blue weft, narrow side borders in white, blue and yellow, the principal end is woven in bands with a small diaper patterns in yellow silk, the borders have a supplementary weave in white silk, part of the border is in a blue and white diaper pattern and a yellow and blue stripe.
Dimensions
  • Length: 722cm (approx.)
  • Width: 106cm
Object history
Acquired by Caspar Purdon Clarke on his purchasing trip to India in 1881 to 1882.



1883 South Kensington Museum Register entry: 'DRESS PIECE (Sari). Cotton. Red warp and blue weft, with narrow side borders in white, blue, and yellow. The principal end border is woven in bands with small diaper pattern in yellow silk and with narrow stripes in white and yellow silk; a short red fringe. Madura. 19th cent. L. 24 ft., W. 3 ft. 6 in. Bought, 8s. 1736.-1883. (I.S.).'
Historical context
Intended for use as a garment, clothing.
Subject depicted
Collection
Accession number
IS.1736-1883

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Record createdJune 25, 2009
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