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Description

Woman's orange pants with drawstring waist (drawstring not included here). Fabric is an orange paisley print. Pants are very roomy in the lower torso, but taper in the leg where they are cut off just below the knee. The cuffs are banded with silver-threaded embroidery.

History Of Use

Pants of this type were worn by women of the Muslim Macchiyara caste, under matching dresses. Members of that caste assisted in the production and gathering of this clothing. The cloth for the Macchiyara woman`s clothing was purchased in Dhamlej.

Iconographic Meaning

The type of clothing helps to communicate the caste of the wearer.

Specific Techniques

Cut and machine-sewn by a tailor.

Narrative

These pants were collected with the help of Muslim Macchiyara people. This collection was gathered with the enthusiastic participation of villagers in Dhamlej, reflecting Derek Johnson’s rapport with them. They allowed him to take photographs of them demonstrating how the clothing is put on and worn. These photographs are available in the Museum of Anthropology collection documentation file for accession 2615.

Cultural Context

daily use

Item History

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