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Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Coat
Local Name: choga
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Kashmir
Period: Mid 19th century
Date: 1850 - 1860
Dimensions: L 138 cm x W 168 cm
Materials: Goat hair; cotton; silk
Techniques: Twill woven; embroidered; hand-sewn
ID Number: T04.4.1
Credit: Gift of David Anderson

The name choga is Turkish in origin and means “long-sleeved garment.” Loose-fitting, open-fronted chogas were worn in India as outer garments. Woollen chogas were popular in northern areas. In the mid-19th century, embroidered chogas began to replace woven ones. A soft-ground fabric in a twill weave of goat hair and wool was embroidered by needle with woollen thread using a stem stitch. The embroidery was executed with great mastery to imitate a twill-tapestry weave. The colours and patterns imitated those of luxurious Kashmir shawls.