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Abdul Khalid
Neg. No: (GP) (L) 8251
Neg. Size: 12"x10"
Neg. Date: 02-06-1924

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Sitter: Abdul Khalid. [India]

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Date: 2 June 1924

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Descr: FL standing.

Costume: Uniform of Imperial Cadet Corps with aiguilette on right shoulder.

"The uniform consisted of a pale sky blue turban with a crimson feather tuft and gold aigrette on the left. The corps badge was worn in the centre with three strands of fine gilt going round the turban. The kurta was white with sky blue collar and cuffs, and a sky blue panel on the front all edged with gold tracing and embroidered in gold. The shoulder straps were sky blue with gold embroidery and ended in a pear shaped design reaching half way to the elbow. A sky blue cummerbund was worn embroidered in gold. The sword belt over the right shoulder was gold with a white central stripe and went beneath the cummerbund. The sword was placed in a frog and had a Mamluk hilt and a white scabbard with gilt mountings. The gilt plate on the waist belt bore the corps badge. Napoleon boots with straight gilt spurs were worn." (1901 regulations as quoted in A.H. Bowling, Indian Cavalry Regiments 1880-1914, London, 1971."

Patka (waist sash) embroidered in a variation of the Paisley design associated particularly with Kashmir. The design that covers the entire end of the patka in a single boteh shape with curved tip is an unusual one. The sash is of Kashmir wool (more correctly, goat-hair) embroidered with wool and silk. The embroidery on the jacket is of gold threat (zari work), a type of embroidery often found on ceremonial dress during the late 19th century and early 20th.


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Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 160 New Bond Street, London.

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No of poses: 2.


Copyright: V&A Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


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Costume: A.N. McClenaghan, Editor, Durbar Magazine. (Illustration) Major G.F. MacMunn, D.S.O., The Armies of India, London, 1911, opp. p 180.

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Acknowledgements: (Uniform) A.N. McClenaghan, Editor, Durbar Magazine; (fabric description) Rosemary Crill, Indian Department, V&A