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Parsi Sari from China

Detail of an embroidered Parsi sari, made in China, first half 20th century. Detail of an embroidered Parsi sari, made in China, first half 20th century. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acc. no. T.24-1967.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses a sari with a silk ground material in black. The sari (115 x 546 cm) is decorated with silk thread embroidery in white, magenta and yellow, using satin stitch and stem stitch.

This sari, or at least the decorated fabric, was probably made in China in the first half of the twentieth century, especially for the Parsi community in India. The centre is covered with rows of rosettes, while the border shows Chinese-style designs of birds and flowers.

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 11 January 2017).

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