The cap belongs to Kabirpanthis or satnamis, followers of Kabir, the 15th century saint-poet from Benaras whose compositions combined the sufi idiom with the Hindu bhakti tradition.
Heavily embroidered with gold gilt silver wire and spangles, the conical, velvet cap has a crescent moon surrounded by floral motifs and an inscription reading Sadguru Kabir Saheb (true teacher Kabir Saheb) and satnam on one side and the sun motif and floral designs with the inscription satnam on the other side of the cap.
Both as a cultural object and as an example of fine zardozi work, the cap is exemplary.


  • Title: Cap
  • Date: 1871/1930
  • Location: Madhya Pradesh
  • Physical Dimensions: L 23.5 cm x B 20.5 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Velvet
  • Technique: Velvet lined with silk, embroidered with zardozi
  • Period: Late 19th to early 20th century

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