Sash () with a Floral Border

Not on view

Men’s sashes, called patkas, were wrapped two or three times around the wearer’s waist and tied with their ends hanging down in the front. Worn over jamas, the long robes typical of the time, they allowed Mughal men to display their wealth by tucking daggers, pencases, and other precious objects into the fabric. A row of floral sprays is embroidered onto each end of this patka. After being exported to Europe through the British military’s presence in colonial India, a modified version of the patka was worn in tuxedo sets, taking its name from the Hindustani and Persian term kamarband, which means ‘waist bound up’.

Sash (<Patka>) with a Floral Border, Cotton, silk; plain weave, embroidered

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.