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Title

‘Casual’ choli (blouse) worn by queen

late 19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


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


Details


Place where the work was made

Kutch Gujarat India


Date

late 19th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

embroidered silk


Dimensions

28.0 x 92.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Jim Masselos 2010


Location

Not on display


Accession number

127.2010



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