We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

🛈 Find out what you need to know before visiting


Mirror work 'choli' (blouse)

20th century


Unknown Artist

No image
  • Details

    Other Title
    Villiage blouse piece
    Place where the work was made
    Kutch Gujarat India
    20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    embroidery on cotton and appliqué; green ground
    80.0 x 50.0 cm
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos 2010
    Not on display
    Accession number
  • About

    A world away from the court embroideries are the blouses made by village women in the Banni region of Kutch, Gujarat, such as this piece. Where known, the name of the woman who created the choli is recorded as well as the specific place to which she belongs. While less detailed than court pieces, such folk embroideries make excellent use of their different shape and larger size to play with the overall composition and with richly coloured, geometric patterns also reflect the taste of the embroiderer who is also the weaver.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2010