21” length x 24” cuff to cuff
Silk or synthetic silk factory-woven stripe
Printed and plain cottons
Good used condition – some light soiling on front
Illustrated in SILK and COTTON, page 130
While these shirts (kurta) may not have been considered as magical as the child’s bib-like elek, they too were protective. Patchwork was thought to confuse the jealous Evil Eye, driving it away from the young child wearing it. The hem was deliberately left unfinished in order to insure that the child would continue to grow.
If you are interested in this child’s kurta and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.