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Sari

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

Complete sari, white cotton field, with a side border of metal-wrapped thread and red silk on one side and purple silk on the other. The pallu has a broad band of metal-wrapped thread in diaper pattern in floral motifs, butis at either side.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Cotton, silk and metal-wrapped thread, woven
Brief description
Sari, white cotton with gold borders, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, c.1881-82
Physical description
Complete sari, white cotton field, with a side border of metal-wrapped thread and red silk on one side and purple silk on the other. The pallu has a broad band of metal-wrapped thread in diaper pattern in floral motifs, butis at either side.
Dimensions
  • Length: 748cm (approx.)
  • Width: 111cm
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 net with narrow side borders of blue rosettes in gold compartments; on one side the border is succeeded by a plain blue stripe a short distance from the end. The end border has a small diaper pattern in gold thread with bands of cone and other ornament in gold on a white ground. Madura. 19th cent. L. 25 ft., W. 3 ft. 6 in. Bought, £4 2s. 1731-1883 (IS).'
Historical context
Intended for use as garment, clothing.
Collection
Accession number
IS.1731-1883

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Record createdJune 25, 2009
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