Woman's tunic

Indian (Parsi)
19th century

Place of Manufacture: India


Height x width: 23 1/2 x 27 1/4 in. (59.7 x 69.2 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain-weave gauze embroidered with silk; tie resist-dyed

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Parsi woman’s sleeveless tunic of dark blue silk gauze ground with diagonal lattice of pink tie resist-dyed spots enclosing small silk embroidered cream-white flowers with yellow and pinkish-red center; neck, armholes and lower edge trimmed with repeating peacock and flower motifs embroidered in cream-white, yellow, pale green and pinkish-red silk. Probably embroidered by Chinese artists living in the port city of Surat in the state of Gujarat.


Lent by Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, March 20, 1917; Gift from the estate of Mrs. Dona Luisa Coomaraswamy to the MFA, March 10, 1971

Credit Line

Bequest of estate of Mrs. Dona Luisa Coomaraswamy