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Pice of Mashru

ca. 1855 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Full-width section of one end of a piece of mashru (satin-woven fabric with silk warps and cotton wefts). Bright pink warps, dark green selvedges, white cotton weft. Warp-ikat continues white chevron design in horizontal rows. End finish of thick yellow silk wefts. Narrow border of red and yellow chevrons inside the selvedge.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Silk, cotton, woven, resist-dyed, warp ikat
Brief description
Piece of mashru, pink with white chevron design Tiruchchirappalli, ca. 1855
Physical description
Full-width section of one end of a piece of mashru (satin-woven fabric with silk warps and cotton wefts). Bright pink warps, dark green selvedges, white cotton weft. Warp-ikat continues white chevron design in horizontal rows. End finish of thick yellow silk wefts. Narrow border of red and yellow chevrons inside the selvedge.
Dimensions
  • Length: 78cm
  • Width: 89,5cm
Object history
'Mashru' is a satin weave cloth with a combination of a cotton weft and silk warp, the cotton weft being the lower layer in contact with the skin. The fabric was originally woven for Muslim men who were prohibited from wearing pure silk. 'Mashru' (meaning 'permitted' in Arabic) was woven all over India, though it survives today mainly in Gujarat.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic reference
Indian ikat textiles / Rosemary Crill. London: V&A Publications, 1998 Number: 1851772421pp. 132-133, pl. 110
Other number
11,653 - India Museum Slip Book
Collection
Accession number
7027(IS)

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Record createdMarch 27, 2003
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