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Sari

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

Complete white cotton sari. Deep pallu of gold-wrapped thread with boteh motifs; side borders of gold-wrapped thread at the pallu end only, plain purple and red silk borders in the rest of the sari.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Cotton, silk and metal-wrapped thread, woven
Brief description
Sari, white cotton with silk and gold borders and end, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, c.1881-82
Physical description
Complete white cotton sari. Deep pallu of gold-wrapped thread with boteh motifs; side borders of gold-wrapped thread at the pallu end only, plain purple and red silk borders in the rest of the sari.
Dimensions
  • Length: 832cm (approx.)
  • Width: 119cm
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). Cream cotton. One side has a woven border of three rows of rosettes in blue on a gold ground, the other one of two rows for a short distance succeeded by a blue silk band. The principal end has one broad gold band woven to form a small diaper pattern, with bands of cones and zigzag and other ornament on a cream ground, with two large cones above. Madura. 19th cent. L. 28 ft. 3 in., W. 3 ft. 11 1/2 in. Bought, £7 10s. 1735.-1883. (I.S.).
Historical context
Intended for use as garment, clothing.
Collection
Accession number
IS.1735-1883

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Record createdJune 25, 2009
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