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Sikkim - Woman's Informal Ensemble

WOMAN'S INFORMAL ENSEMBLE

1960s

Gangtok

A.1979.10.06 a-f

Gift of Lola Stone, 1979

Illustrated p. 36

 

As queen of Sikkim, Hope Cooke dressed in traditional costume. This informal outfit consists of a sleeveless, full-length outer garment in plum silk brocade with woven gold Chinese longevity symbols, worn over a pink silk blouse. Scarves may be placed about the neck, or wrapped around the waist as a sash. They are often ceremonially exchanged between Sikkimese friends on important occasions. (Wilcox, 1965:36) A striped apron is traditionally worn with this costume. This example is handwoven multi-colored silk, lined in maroon cotton with a floral motif and tied with cotton and velvet. The silk brocade hat has four fur-lined flaps, which may be lowered as protection against the mountain winds.

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