Woman's head covering (odhni)

Indian (Maharashtra)
18th century
Retailed by Ganeshi Lall & Son (Indian)

Object Place: Maharashtra, India


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

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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



Sari with borders and end pieces attached using an interlocking tapestry weave. Dark red/brown plain weave field. Borders have three bands of pink, orange, blue, and green meandering floral vines (tapestry weave) separated by narrow borders with alternating gold and red squares, the same motif surrounds a large gold block at each end of the piece. Tag reads: “Made in India/Ganeshi Lall & Son, /Jewelers etc., / Agra, Calcutta & Simla.”

The end is badly creased and has different colored and textured warps than the remainder of the piece, however the wefts are continuous.


Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection