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Blouse

Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Blouse
Local Name: choli
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Himachal Pradesh, Chamba
People: Meghwal community
Period: Mid 20th century
Date: 1960 - 1970
Dimensions: L 41 cm x W 68 cm
Materials: Cotton; silk
Techniques: Plain woven; embroidered; hand-sewn
ID Number: T85.0459
Credit: Gift of Dr. Howard Gorman

In Himachal Pradesh, a northern Indian state in the Himalayan foothills, women’s garments traditionally provided more protection against the cold than this backless blouse (choli). Rajput women migrants from Gujarat and Rajasthan introduced this style of blouse to Chamba, probably in the late 18th or early 19th century.