Jama (young boy's blouse)

20th century CE

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)

This jama is embellished with gota work. In this technique, gold and silver woven strips are cut in different shapes and stitched on cloth using appliqué technique. It accorded very lustrous appearance to the fabric. Gota work is still very popular in Rajasthan. The use of synthetic jari make it affordable for the common man.

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  • Title: Jama (young boy's blouse)
  • Date Created: 20th century CE
  • Location: India
  • Type: Long Blouse
  • Medium: Silk with gota
  • Region: Rajasthan
  • History of Style of Technique: The birth of a child brings great joy as it ensures the growth of the family tree. His arrival in civilised society is marked with a gift of a soft mulmul zabla. According to Indian tradition, it is considered inauspicious to buy any new clothes for the new born. In fact at first the baby is made to wear old clothes of a child from the family. The used clothing is soft for the tender baby skin and it is believed that through these clothes the positive family vibes and values would pass onto the baby. The arrival of a baby is remembered by its tiny clothes; a marriage ceremony by the carefully wrapped up wedding attire; parents are remembered through the garments they pass on to their children. This is perhaps one of the reasons why we treasure heirlooms. The tiny dresses worn by our children hold sweet memories. Treasured more than any expensive garment, they are a strong symbol of love. Earlier, they were stitched and embellished by mothers, aunts, and grandmothers for the child but today the trend of such home-stitched garments is on the decline, being replaced by the variety of readymade clothing available in the market.
  • Accession Number: 2014.42


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