Man's robe (jama)

Object Name: Robe

Date: 17th century

Geography: India, Deccan, Burhanpur or Hyderabad

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Cotton; painted, with applied gold leaf

Dimensions: Robe: L. 55 in. (139.7 cm)
W. 80 in. (203.2 cm)
Case: L. 78 in. (198.1 cm)
W. 36 in. (91.4 cm)
D. 36 in. (91.4 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Costumes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1929

Accession Number: 29.135

Description

The early Mughal rulers Akbar and Jahangir were interested in fashion stuffs, carpets, and ornamental textiles. Both emperors had a penchant for inventing new names for garments and other clothing. Akbar is recorded as having ordered a new coat or dress with a round skirt to be tied on the right side. This jama may be a later version of the Akbari garment. Its lengthy sleeves would have been gathered up on the arm when the dress was worn. In a painting of Shah Jahan, he is seen to be wearing a similar garment tied with lappets on the right. He is also dressed in tight-fitting trousers, a colorful sash holding a dagger, and a bejeweled turban. Grandees of the realm wore similar clothing but dressed according to their rank. Sometimes individual nobles were given robes of honor by the emperor as a mark of distinction.

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