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November 1, 2021 at 12:00:00 AM
What did the Great Mughals wear?

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What did the Great Mughals wear?

Mughal rulers took a keen interest in fashion and textiles. In keeping with their love of splendor, Mughal clothes were made of expensive materials such as brocade and silk. They were richly woven or embroidered with gold and silver thread, known as zari, and encrusted with precious stones. Jewelry and ornaments were often made from gold set with gemstones, such as emeralds, rubies, and diamonds. The Mughal Empire was famous around the world for its riches. The beautiful dyed and printed fabrics that were common in Mughal India were exported to Europe, where they became highly fashionable. Many Indian words for cloth and types of clothing were introduced into the English language, including chintz and pyjamas.

Made of cotton, this colorful 17th-century robe, called a jama, would have been worn by a wealthy nobleman.The collar, which is decorated with gold leaf (a very thin layer of gold), shows the richness of the robe.The robe is decorated with delicate pink flowers, painted individually by hand and outlined with gold leaf.

This decorative piece of jewelry dates from the late Mughal period. It is made of jade inlaid with gold, pearls, and precious stones.

The pendant is decorated with emeralds, rubies, and a single turquoise stone.

The Mughal emperors wore a lot of jewelry, which was often decorated with precious stones. This gold sarpech (turban brooch) would have been worn on a royal turban.

A solitary pearl hangs from the tip of the brooch.

The center stone on the brooch is a large ruby. It is surrounded by diamonds and emeralds.

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