Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner
Indian woman’s attire
Bene Israel

No restrictions or prohibitions with regard to clothing were ever imposed on Indian Jews; consequently, their dress was indistinguishable from that of the general population. The sari has long been the most popular and characteristic garment in India among women of all faiths, maintaining its present form since the 1st century CE. The type, color, and richness of the fabric reveals the wearer’s social status and place of residence, while the way it is wrapped around the body indicates of her occupation.

Sari
Silk and cotton

Blouse
Brocaded silk


Purchase, Baroness Alix de Rothschild Fund, Paris
Accession number: B84.0346, B00.0927
 
 



Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir