Woman's overdress of hand-painted and dyed cotton. In shades of red, blue, green, yellow and brown on a white ground. All-over pattern of delicate, wavy floral stems, interspersed with clusters of flowers and bamboo shoots growing from mounds, and with conventional flower-filled vases. The dress has very short sleeves and is cut low at the neck. The bodice opens down the middle and is secured with cotton-tying strings. The skirt is partly lined with thin white silk. Made for the European market.


  • Title: Overdress
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1755/1770
  • Location: Coromandel Coast
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 72 in, Width: 35 in sleeve end to sleeve end, Length: 23.5 in repeat, Length: 54.1 cm repeat, Width: 41 in repeat, Width: 104 cm repeat
  • Provenance: Given by Mrs Raphael Nahon
  • Medium: Painted and dyed cotton, partly lined with silk

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