This coat belonged to Cursetjee Vakil a descendant of Kalabhai Vakil of surat and was commissioned for his Navjote ceremony. It is embroidered with birds and flowering vines. The front has crescent on either side which is considered auspicious by Zoroastrians.
Embellishments made of precious jari wire wound around the thread and other metals, viz badla,zik,tiki, chalak,salma, kangri. This kind of work is known as zardozi for which Surat is well known since medieval times.
Gift of Dossi C. Vakil.
Textiles and Costumes of India
Gold jari and sequins
Early 20th Century CE