Shoulder cloth (odhani)

Indian (Gujarati)
late 19th or early 20th century

Object Place: Gujurat, Saurashtra (probably Jamnagar), India


Overall: 380.5 x 131cm (149 13/16 x 51 9/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin-weave, tie resist-dyed

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Tie-dyed shoulder cover (bandhani odhani). A shoulder cloth (odhani) made of two lengths of silk satin (gajjii) doubled over at the center (weft section) and tie-dyed. The two lengths are hand stitched together along one selvedge. The field is red with a finely tied pattern of shikargah motifs: dancing women, peacocks, elephants, rabbits, tigers, and various leafy, flowering plants. The blue/black borders are patterned with foliate and scroll designs. Some of the dots have been dye-painted green or light blue; trace of machine stitching in the body of the textile where a piece of cloth, not original to the piece, has been sewn.


Purchased by the MFA, January 24, 1996

Credit Line

Helen Carpenter Moseley Fund