Indian Choga with Embroidery

Choga from the northwest of the Indian subcontinent, mid-19th century. Choga from the northwest of the Indian subcontinent, mid-19th century. Copyright Textile Museum of Canada, acc. no. T04.4.1.

The Textile Museum of Canada houses a choga, a long-sleeved, loose-fitting garment, of a type that was popular in the north of the Indian subcontinent and neighbouring Afghanistan in the nineteenth century. The choga measures 138 x 168 cm and is made of goat hair, cotton and silk.

According to curatorial information, such coats started to be embroidered by the mid-nineteenth century, with stem stitch, imitating twill tapestry. The colours and motifs of this and comparable garments imitate those of the luxurious Kashmiri shawls.

Textile Museum of Canada online catalogue (retrieved 6 December 2016).

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