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‘Casual’ choli (blouse) worn by queen

late 19th century


Unknown Artist

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Alternate image of ‘Casual’ choli (blouse) worn by queen by
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Kutch Gujarat India
    late 19th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    embroidered silk
    28.0 x 92.0 cm
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos 2010
    Lower Asian gallery
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    This blouse is a fine example of the court embroidery and metal weaving associated with the Kutch princely house in Gujarat, India. About two centuries ago, the embroidery style developed from the patterns and techniques used by mochis (cobblers and leather workers). The Maharaos of Kutch and their queens became the patrons of the new embroidery used to produce skirts, blouses, and hangings. Initially, the nobility and the merchant class of the region patronised male professional embroiderers, but the technique spread into the countryside where women adopted it.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Provenance

    Jim Masselos, 1980s-2010, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased from the Maharani of Kutch. Donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, June 2010.

    Maharani of Kutch, 1980s, Kutch/Gujarat/India