Model of a Bhatia couple


Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
Mumbai, India

The Bhatia community is believed to spread from Gujarat to Punjab. The women wear a sari, in the front-pally style that is commonly associated with Gujarat, Rajasthan, Central India - Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The same style of draping an Odhni or dupatta along with a choli and lehenga/ ghagras is also seen in Gujarat, Central and Northern India. In the model, the sari seems heavily brocaded because the clay maker has given a gold sheen to the entire sari. The man wears a four-part ensemble - A headgear that looks similar to the ones in the photograph, a tunic which could either be worn with an inner garment (in which case this becomes a 5-part ensemble) or be a three panel tunic where the inner layer joins the shoulders. Unlike an Angarakha, this is front open. A scarf goes around the shoulder and has a likely-woven border to it, and a dhoti - unlike the Bengali style seen earlier - with also a slim woven border along its warp selvedges.


  • Title: Model of a Bhatia couple
  • Date: 1900/1935
  • Location: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
  • Material: Half baked terracotta clay and pigment
  • Gallery: Kamalnayan Bajaj Mumbai Gallery

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