Brocade Skirt

Unknown maker

  • Date: c. 1930
  • Dimensions: L: 96.5 cm, Waist : 66 cm
  • Medium: Silk brocade with silver thread
  • Region: Benaras
  • Museum number: TCD.00008

Brocade skirt with unconventional patterns in gold and silver on a deep purple silk ground.

The lower section of the skirt depicts the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple of Benaras, while its middle section depicts the auspicious symbol of poorna kumbh kalash, and the upper section is filled with floral motifs. Reflective of a historical moment and influenced by the freedom movement, the skirt also depicts symbols like the Indian national flag and the Ashoka Chakra. The skirt is lined with pink coloured woven textile at its ends.

Brocades are rich silk fabrics upon which patterns are rendered in gold and silver thread. Benarsi brocades are known after Benaras (now known as Varanasi), one of India’s significant weaving centres, famous for its saris and dress materials. Unique and intricate, silk brocades are made of silkwarp and silkweft, on a plain/satin ground base, and brocaded with extra weft patterns in different layouts.

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