'NEW & IMPROVED' HAND-EMBROIDERED MASHROO DRESS, LIGHT BLUE/ORANGE

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'NEW & IMPROVED' HAND-EMBROIDERED MASHROO DRESS, LIGHT BLUE/ORANGE

520.00

Pale blue silk mashroo dress with oversized pockets and hidden snap closures. Hand-embroidered 'NEW & IMPROVED' in orange on the sleeve. 

Hand-woven in Patan, India. 

Mashroo was created to conform to the tenets of Islam which forbade silk to touch the skin. Weavers developed a fabric with a silk warp and cotton weft,  the cotton laid beneath and grazed the skin, while the silk floated on top. This enabled the ruling Islamic nobility to flaunt and wear the luxurious sheen of silk without breaking the religious law. Mashroo became a widely popular export to the Ottoman Empire. In Patan, wealthy Hindu merchants and traders also took a liking to this fabric and increased its intrinsic value and the inclusion of certain typical motifs, colors and tie-dye.

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