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Part of a Skirt (Ghaghara)

early 1800s
Overall: 83.8 x 35.9 cm (33 x 14 1/8 in.)
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The renowned art historian A. K. Coomaraswamy (1877–1947) gave another section of this skirt to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK (IM.108-1912).


Brightly colored floral vine patterns were embroidered using fine chain stitches. Since there are continuous, unbroken lines of stitches on the back side of the cloth, they were created using a hooked awl, which is a much faster process than embroidering with a straight needle. This type of embroidery is known as ari work, which flourished in Gujarat during the 19th century.
Part of a Skirt (Ghaghara)

Part of a Skirt (Ghaghara)

early 1800s

Western India, Gujarat, possibly Kutch

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