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Coat

Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Coat
Local Name: angarkha
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow ?
Period: Late 19th to early 20th century
Date: 1880 - 1920
Dimensions: L 200 cm x W 131 cm
Materials: Cotton; cotton thread; gold foil/leaf
Techniques: Block printed; embroidered; hand-spun; hand-sewn
ID Number: T86.0270
Credit: Gift of Dr. Howard Gorman

Delicate embroidery on sheer muslin (chikan-kari) was a specialty of Lucknow, Calcutta and Dhaka (now in Bangladesh). Seventeenth-century Mughal paintings show courtiers wearing chikan work angarakhas. It is probably through the Mughals that the fashion for chikan-kari spread to regional courts.