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Not currently on display at the V&A


ca. 1855 (made)
Place of origin

Bundle of flattened gold wire.

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Gold wire, flattened
Brief description
Textile, flattened gold wire, Ahmedabad, ca. 1855
Physical description
Bundle of flattened gold wire.
  • Bundle length: 15cm (approx.)
  • Wire width: <1mm
Gallery label
  • SILVER AND GOLD For lavish decoration, embroiderers use thin strips of silver or gilded silver (zari), sequins and metal foil, often with tiny pearls. Yarn made of silk thread wrapped with silver (or gilded silver) can be woven or used for embroidery. Metal strips interwoven with silk produce luxurious shiny fabric or ribbon (gota) which can be applied onto cloth. Silver weave Cotton warp and silver weft Murshidabad, West Bengal, about 1850 V&A: 0708 (IS) Golden weave Gilded silver warp and silk weft Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, about 1855 V&A: 0695 (IS) Panel with mankolam (paisley) pattern Silk, metal-wrapped thread, sequins, pearls, silver strips Triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 1855–79 V&A: 6502 (IS) Silver and gilded silver embellishments Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, and Ahmedabad, Gujarat, about 1855 V&A: 6293; 6345; 6346; 6354; 05954:1 to 3; 05939:1, 2 (IS)(03/10/2015-10/01/2016)
Object history
Transferred from India Museum 1879.
Historical context
Intended for use in embellishments for textiles.
Other number
8000 - India Museum Slip Book
Accession number

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Record createdJune 25, 2009
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