Possibly woman's headscarf (odhni)

Indian (Maharashtra)
18th or early 19th century

Object Place: Maharashtra, India


Overall: 193 x 354cm (76 x 139 3/8in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton, silk and metallic plain weave with tapestry woven borders

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Possible a headscarf with a dark red/purple cotton plain weave field. Borders have alternating rows of orange, pink and red, and green meandering floral vines and narrow rows of alternating gold and red squares framing a central block with green and orange parrots, blue and orange peacocks with green and gold tails, next to a silver buti-like figure. The birds are surrounded by another pink, orange and green meandering floral vine (tapestry weave). This same motif appears at the top and bottom of the pallu, which has a solid gold center.


Gift from Mrs. Albert Farwell Bemis to theMFA, April 14, 1955

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Albert Farwell Bemis