An image of ‘Casual’ choli (blouse) worn by queen

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‘Casual’ choli (blouse) worn by queen

Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Place of origin
Kutch, Gujarat, India
Year
late 19th century
Media
Textile
Medium
embroidered silk
Dimensions
28.0 x 92.0 cm
Credit
Gift of Jim Masselos 2010
Accession number
127.2010