Lower body wrapper

Indian for Siamese market
about 1850


Dimensions

100 x 267 cm (39 3/8 x 105 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

25.40

Medium or Technique

Cotton; plain-weave, printed

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Lower body wrapper with design of fine diamond lattice in black on a green ground in the central field surrounded by borders with stylized floral motifs outlined in white on red and blue grounds with an additional yellow floral band on each crosswise border. Possibly made in India for the Siamese market.

This rectangular piece of cloth is worn wrapped around the waist, passed between the legs and tucked in at the back, or front, to form a pantaloon. The pha nung was commonly worn by both men and women up until the turn of the nineteenth century.

Provenance

Purchased by the MFA on January 8, 1925

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund