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ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles

blouse (choli)
Dimensions: Other (chest): 52 cm (20 1/2 in.) Other (centre front): 53.5 cm (21 1/16 in.)
Medium: cotton fabric, thread and glass mirrors (shisha).
Made in: India
Description: Cotton tunic, with a heavily embroidered front including shisha mirrors, buttons, cowrie shells and tassels. The backs of the sleeves are plain, bordered back panels with highly decorative fastenings. Probably a Rabari shepherdess's wedding or festival choli (blouse) from Kutch, Gujarat. The choli would be worn at a wedding, or at one of the Rabari's festivals, which gave people a chance to come together to hold religious ceremonies, and enjoy animal racing and music, and to find a husband or wife.
Inv. No.: 1680
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