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Exhibit showcases Parsis’ impact on clothing

  • A qamis from early 20th-century Iran is a woman’s garment made of silk and cotton.

  • Naoroji Rustom, the first Parsi to visit England, dons a robe of honor given to him by the British East India Company. He wears it over traditional Parsi dress.

  • COURTESY EAST-WEST CENTER ART GALLERY

    The embroidery on a sari is an example of the cultural influences displayed in the textiles of the Parsis, Persian immigrants to India.

  • COURTESY EAST-WEST CENTER ART GALLERY

    The beautiful embellishments on a jhabla (blouse) is an example of the cultural influences displayed in the textiles of the Parsis, Persian immigrants to India.

When a religious war in the Middle East displaced the Parsis more than a thousand years ago, the persecuted Persian immigrants fled the violence and destruction in their homeland(known as Iran today) and eventually headed for India. The maharaja was hesitant to welcome them, though, concerned about the potential impacts on Indian society. Read more

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