Woman's wrapper (sari)

Indian (Maharashtra)
18th–19th century


Object Place: Maharashtra, India

Dimensions

Overall: 886 x 114cm (348 13/16 x 44 7/8in.)

Accession Number

27.160

Medium or Technique

Cotton and gold metallic plain weave with discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts and tapestry plain weave at borders

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Dark blue plain weave sari with rows of blue and gold interlocking diamond shapes in the field (discontinuous supplementary wefts). The borders are a red and gold diamond pattern with central dot (peacocks eye) and gold temple motif. The borders are attached with an interlocking tapestry weave. The pallu is very long and in three parts (all patterned with discontinuous supplementary wefts). The top section has a central block with blue and gold interlocking diamonds surrounded by red and yellow squares and a central star-like figure. This block is surrounded by interlocking diamonds with central circles. The outer border of this section has diamond shapes with checkerboard patterning. The second section of the pallu has diamond shapes along a line, surrounded by six circles. The bottom section of the pallu is a solid area of gold.

Provenance

Denman Waldo Ross Collection; Gift from Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA, March 3, 1927

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection