Woman's wrapper (sari)


Indian (Orissa)

Object Place: Nimna, Subarnapur, Orissa, India


Height x width: 236 x 46 in. (599.4 x 116.8 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave with discontinuous supplementary patterning warps and wefts and continuous supplementary patterning warps; double ikat

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Bidritrapuri wedding sari, mulberry silk plain weave. Field patterned in double ikat field with alternating rows of red and black stripes alternating with ikat dyed waves. The field has a central row of purple warp ikat dyed animals and lotus blossoms, and multiple blocks of red and white double ikat checkerboard patterning representing the board of a game the newlyweds play on their first night together.

The borders are patterned with rows of fish and lotus blossoms created with continuous supplementary warps and animals (ducks, fish, and antelope) and waves in warp ikat.

Pallu has weft ikat patterened rows of fish and ducks, antelope, creeping vines with lotus blossoms, and lions and temples (?) alternating with rows of stripes made up of small yellow squares and weft ikat red and black stripes. There is plain weave yardage, a black field with red/white weft ikat dashes, after the pallu for a blouse.


Purchased by Pam Parmal at Radhika Exclusives in Orissa, India, February 8, 2008; Purchased by the MFA (Accession date: April 23, 2008)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Suzanne W. and Alan J. Dworsky