Collection Online
cotton, metal, plastic, leather, (found objects)
(a) 67.0 cm (centre back) 39.5 cm (width at shoulders) (Charity cami)
(b) 83.0 cm (centre back) 38.0 cm (waist, flat) (Rif skirt)
(c) 5.0 × 109.0 cm (Bottle top belt)
(d-e) 9.4 × 10.2 × 26 cm (each) (Guru sandals)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales; India
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 2002
Gallery location
Not on display
(a) Sleeveless camisole top, hand woven and handspun from cotton khadi. The top has a narrow 'choir boy' style collar with scalloped edging and white embroidery. The front panel is decorated below the neckline with white embroidery in a floral design and vertical cut work embroidery running in vertical rows the length of the pane;. Small pin tuck pleats extend alongside. The bottom edge is gathered by a cotton tie drawstring, ending in ruffles and a raw edge. The two back panels have a series of four vertical pin tuck pleats extending from the neckline to the hem. The open back fastens with 4 metal hook and eyes and the drawstring tie. (b) Cotton cloth skirt decorated with several batik designs in black, white and red dyes. The top of the skirt is formed with four horizontal bands of fabric in different designs. Below, numerous panels are pieced together in an expanding fan like format giving the skirt increased density as it descends. The hemline comprises over 50 metres of ruffled fabric. The skirt fastens with a zip on the proper side. (c) Narrow band of black cotton with 17 metal bottle tops attached at regular intervals by loops of cotton thread. Fastening at end with four plastic press studs (d-e) Brown leather sandal with forked heel, single toe panel and narrow leather ankle strap. The ankle strap has metal casing at the ends, a short linked chain and fastens with a metal clasp. The insole features a diamond design in black ink.