Himroo Sari, Silk and Cotton


Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
Mumbai, India

Himroo is a type of brocaded fabric. It is said to be an extra weft fabric with a cotton base and silk weave. It is made on a throw shuttle loom using cotton in the warp and silk in the weft. One peculiarity of himroo is that the silk threads used to form pattern on the surface of the fabric are collected in long loops that forms a soft warm layer. This red himroo sari from Surat has a ground of small butis arranged in evenly spaced rows. The pallav (long trailing part of the sari) has eight large keri (mango) shaped butas firmly anchored in the ground, each filled with small flowering plants.


  • Title: Himroo Sari, Silk and Cotton
  • Date Created: 1890/1950
  • Location Created: Surat
  • Provenance: Surat, Gujarat
  • Creator: Unknown

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