Length of fabric from a woman’s wrapper (sari)

Patola fragment

Indian (Gujarati)
19th–early 20th century


Object Place: Gujarat, India

Dimensions

Height x width: 59 1/2 x 38 in. (151.1 x 96.5 cm)

Accession Number

19.731

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave, double ikat

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Double ikat (patola) sari with a red ground and central field of repeating pattern of three white blossoms with blue stems enclosed in interlocking diamonds framed with three rows of red and white meandering floral vines on a red or blue ground; pallu has a row of red and white lotus blossoms, each within a blue oval; lengthwise borders of red with blue and white stripes handstitched to main piece.

About six inches above the pallu there is an orange running stitch attaching a field portion of the sari to the pallu area. Other areas of the borders are attached to the field in the same way.

Provenance

By 1918, Hervey E. Wetzel (b. 1888 - d. 1918), Boston; 1918, by inheritance from her cousin, Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, Chicago [see note 1]; 1919, gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel, to the MFA. (Accession date: March 31, 1919)

Notes:
[1] See Wetzel's will of November 8, 1918.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel