Textiles of the Nizam:
The Chowmahalla Palace has a collection of several hundred textiles of the 18th to 20th centuries belonging to the Nizams of Hyderabad and their descendants. Remarkable for their robust design, lavish materials and bold workmanship, these textiles represent the quintessential qualities of the arts of the Deccan.
Embroideries of the Deccan:
India’s court embroideries transformed simple fabrics in to powerful decorative objects by a profuse layering of precious metals. Traditionally neary all types of metallic embroidery were worked on a wooden frame, karchob. Gold and silver thread, kalabattu, sequins, sitara, coiled wires, salma/dabka/ghizai; twisted pairs of badla, gokhru and the domed sequin, katori as well as silver, gilt and colored foil were applied to highlight the designs and create richly dimensional and reflective surfaces.
Dressing up the cavalry:
The Decanni textiles were a celebration of the refinement, aesthetics and pageantry of the era. The cavalry was not exempt.
Extremely rare and displayed here for the first time are two elephant caparisons, jhools. Weighing over 25 kg each, they are embroidered in gold purple and green and embellished with sequins. Also on display are the two children saddles of the 19th century. made of Silver and studded with precious stones, the one to the left is designed as the Indian goose, meant for use on baby elephant back while that to the right represents a peacock and would have been used for the horse back riding.