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woman's tunic (aba)
  • India
  • woman's tunic (aba), 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Banni District, Kutch, Gujarat, India
  • silk, mirror glass, satin, embroidering
  • Object Length/Width: 110.5 x 105 cm
    Object Length/Width: 43 1/2 x 41 1/4 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.0873
Label Text

Woman's tunic (aba) embroidered with a variety of looped and flat stitches. It also incorporates mirror work (shisha) and detached interlacing on red satin ground. There are a series of overlapping rectangles around the neck and on top of the shoulders. A series of hatched lines with mirror work extends from the middle of the shoulders, around the rectangles, and comes to a point which terminates in a floral motif halfway between the neck and the bottom. There is a horizontal band of the same mirror work at the bottom. The sleeves have bands of decoration.