ritual & belief: representation

Dome-shaped model crown for a Krishna figure made from copper alloy threads and sequins infilled with orange textile with orange textile plume. It is decorated with glass or plastic red and black bead decoration representing jewels.

Such items are referred to as ‘dresses’ and there is no gendered connotation in the use of this term in Indian devotional stores. This dress would be draped on a Ladoo Gopal or Bal Gopal figure and is designed to be worn and removed easily. Such garments are available in a mind-boggling array of colours and embroidered designs. The embroidery is done using the zari/zardozi technique that is also used to make turban accessories such as object1994.34 and embroidered turbans such as object 1994.22ii. Since dresses can be relatively inexpensive a devotee could assemble a wardrobe for the deity with the dress being changed daily. Winter dresses are made of thicker fabrics and may have more embellishment while summer dresses are made of lightweight materials and have little or no embellishment.

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