Ikat cloth, telia rumal, fragment, cotton, Chirala, Andhra Pradesh, India
Handwoven cloth, very fine cotton, cut out from a worn sari,
fine intricate warp ikat pattern, natural dyes (morinda citrifolia and indigo),
colours: off white, red, black.
This type of sari was fashionable at the court of Hyderabad, India during the 19th century,
the designs are created in the village of Chirala, coastal Andhra Pradesh.
The name 'telia rumal' derives from the use of petroleum in achieving the typical colour scheme. The dyeing technique originally goes back to the production of cloth for fishermen in this area to make the cloth water-resistant.
This type of cloth is not made any more and has become extremely rare and sought afternowadays.
Handstitched fine lining along the worn border.
2nd half 19th century
Measurements: ca. 57x 85,5 cm
While living in India and SE-Asia for 20 years we have been collecting ritual statues and objects, ethnographic items and accessories, ethnic jewellery and a fine selection of textiles in various tribal and village communities and in local markets.
We have always made it a point to get detailed and accurate descriptions of all items acquiredand will be glad to pass on this knowledge along with these uniqueitems.