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Short embroidered 'choli' (blouse)

mid 20th century-late 20th century


Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Bhirandiyara Gujarat India
    mid 20th century-late 20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    embroidered cotton; long sleeves
    47.0 x 83.0 cm
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos 2010
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Reserved

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  • 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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication