No Maharashtrian wedding trousseau is complete without paithani sari and shela (stole), the best the family can afford. these then become teasured heirlooms, preserved and worn by generations, fragnant with memories. Generally shela is passed from mother-in-law to daughter-in-law as a symbol of transferring the responsibility of a housefold.

This shela has an elaborate golden pallu with creeper design in minakari on both ends. It has bold Jai phul jari buttis all over the ground and a broad border in narali patterns.


  • Title: Shela (Stole)
  • Date Created: 20th century CE
  • Location: India
  • Provenance: Gift of Anita Garware
  • Type: Stole
  • Medium: Silk
  • Region: Paithan, Maharashtra
  • History of Style of Technique: Hassel-free days of childhood end quickly and the spring of life commences with youth. As spring brings colour and fragrance the youth also experiences different emotions in life. This is also a stage when a person enters the world of a householder. Marriage initiates the life of a householder. Textiles associated with this new phase of life gain importance. Every religion, region and community has its own textiles associated with marriage ceremonies. Generally the bride wears either a red or yellow costume as red symbolizes hope and a new beginning and yellow symbolizes happiness as well as knowledge. On leaving her maiden world behind, along with sweet memories the bride takes with her heirloom textiles wrapped with blessings and love of her parents and dear ones. Thus traditional textiles are passed on from generation to generation as a symbol of love and care.
  • Accession Number: 2014.1

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