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Mid-Eighteenth Century Waistcoat (India)

Embroidered waistcoat made in India, probably for the European market, mid-18th century. Embroidered waistcoat made in India, probably for the European market, mid-18th century. Courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, acc. no. T.217-1953.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses a waistcoat measuring 76.2 x 38.1 cm. It was made in the mid-eighteenth century in India, perhaps for the European market, and consists of a cotton ground material with woollen thread embroidery.

Down the centre of the waistcoat is a mixture of Indian and European motifs, with embroidered flowers, leaves and tendrils, which are worked in buttonhole and chain stitch with an ari (tambour) hook. The cuffs are similarly decorated.

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 4 January 2017).

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