Woman's wedding tunic (aba)

Indian (Gujarati, Khatrie)
British Colonial era
19th century


Object Place: Gujarat, India, Kutch

Dimensions

Height (center back) x width (accross top): 39 3/4 x 38 in. (101 x 96.5 cm)

Accession Number

19.742

Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave ground embroidered with silk; appliquéd mirror discs

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Woman’s wedding tunic of red satin with design on the bodice and the top of the sleeves of stylized rosettes and leaves embroidered in black and beige silk; large star-shaped floral medallion at mid-torso; the remainder of the garment has overall design of stylized floral motifs accented with mirror discs; hem of skirt has design of repeating stylized rosettes and leaf motifs embroidered in black and tan silk; opening on each side of neck with round button and loop closure; underarm and skirt gussets.

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