Woman's head cloth (bochini)

Indian (Eastern Sindh, Jat)
late 19th or early 20th century

Object Place: India


Overall: 147 x 185cm (57 7/8 x 72 13/16in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk plain-weave embroidered with silk

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s head cloth (bochini) of violet plain-weave silk, embroidered in chain stitch and buttonhole stitch, with various shades of cream silk, with design in main field of large central floral medallion, half medallions and narrow scalloped repeat along the outer edge and eight smaller floral medallions in between, some of which are connected by narrow, segmented bands; two crosswise borders with design of row of stylized cone-shaped plant motifs composed of circular shapes embroidered in various shades of cream silk; lined with silk pongee.


Bequest from Caroline Louise Williams French to the MFA, May 6, 1915

Credit Line

Bequest of Caroline Louise Williams French