Ghaghra Skirt

This is a fragment of a ghaghra skirt from the Kutch district- the largest district in India- in the Gujarat state in western India. The smaller band on the left is the bottom of the skirt, and the larger field of fabric makes up the top, which is tied around the woman's waist. Although India is most often associated with sari robes, women from the 16th-19th century mostly wore ghaghra skirts like this one, along with blouses and a veil. Much of the clothing in India is embroidered for ornamentation. Seamstresses could add mirrors, sequins, and pearls to embellish clothes for special occasions, like weddings and festivals. The pattern motifs often relate to daily lifestyles, animals, and birds. This ghaghra uses peacocks and floral motifs along the border fabric.