Brocade Skirt

Unknown maker

  • Date: c. 1920
  • Dimensions: L: 104.5 cm, Waist: 102 cm
  • Medium: Silk brocade with silver thread
  • Region: Benaras
  • Museum number: TCD.00033

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

The lower section of the skirt depicts the map of undivided India from the pre-independence era inside the representation of a sunflower, while the middle section of the skirt depicts other intricate floral motifs. The skirt is lined with plain purple coloured 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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