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Dress and Identity

Dress and adornment are social documents of time and place and at the same time convey aspects of individual and community identities. Details of dress—patterning, style, and color—may indicate age, marital status, geographic region, and social position. Dress can have a performative quality as well, echoing and amplifying the movements of the wearer.

The Fowler Museum maintains one of the world’s most encyclopedic collections of textiles and other items of dress. This section of Art and Knowledge features frequently changing displays of items selected from those collections, which reveal how people from various cultures around the globe communicate their identity and preserve and transmit cultural wisdom through textiles and related accoutrements.

  • X77.1428 Woman’s blouse

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    Woman’s blouse
    Khanjuri
    Bansali peoples (a Hindu farming jati)
    Kutch, Gujarat, India
    Before 1977
    Silk, cotton, mirror
    L: 44.5 cm, H: 77.5 cm (L: 17.5 in, H: 30.5 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Richard B. Rogers. X77.1428

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  • X77.1444a-c Bride’s outfit

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    Bride’s outfit
    Sonara peoples (Muslim goldsmiths)
    Mothara, Abrasar district, Kutch, Gujarat, India
    Circa 1920’s
    Silk, cotton, metallic threads, mirror, sequins
    L: 42.5 cm, H: 82.5 cm (L: 16.7 in, H: 32.5 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Richard B. Rogers. X77.1444a-c

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  • X77.1449a,b Woman’s tunic (aba) and pants (selwa)

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    Womanäs tunic (aba) and pants (selwa)
    Khatrie peoples (Muslim textile dyers)
    Khavdah, Bhuj district, Gujarat, India
    Circa 1963
    Cotton, silk, mirror
    L: 94.0 cm, H: 102.8 cm (L: 37.0 in, H: 40.5 in)
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Rogers. X77.1449a,b

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  • X78.1563 Woman’s blouse

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    Woman’s blouse
    Ahir peoples (a Hindu farming jati)
    Kutch, Gujarat, India
    Before 1977
    Cotton, silk, mirror
    L: 90.0 cm, H: 52.6 cm (L: 35.4 in, H: 20.7 in)
    Museum purchase. X78.1563

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  • X81.1052 Woman’s blouse (Khanjuri)

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    Woman’s blouse (Khanjuri)
    Rabari peoples (Hindu pastoralists)
    Bavarneepur, Kutch, Gujarat, India
    Before 1977
    Silk, cotton, mirror, plastic buttons, sequins
    W: 79.2 cm, L: 51.4 cm (W: 31.2 in, L: 20.2 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Richard B. Rogers and William Lloyd Davis. X81.1052

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  • X81.319a-c Bride’s outfit

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    Bride’s outfit
    Memmon or Kutri Muslims
    Kotara, western Kutch, Gujarat, India
    Circa 1910
    Silk, metallic thread, sequins
    H: 120.0 cm, W: 108.0 cm (H: 47.2 in, W: 42.5 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan E. Fielding. X81.319a-c

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  • X82.1164 Wedding veil (odhni)

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    Wedding veil (odhni)
    Khatrie peoples (Muslim textile dyers)
    Suthrie, Abrasar district, Kutch, Gujarat, India
    Circa 1925
    Silk, metal, metallic thread
    L: 170.2 cm, D: 144.8 cm (L: 67 in, D: 57 in)
    Gift of Mrs. W. Thomas Davis. X82.1164

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