The Burma Prints


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     During the late 19th century, a new craft of 'dressing' prints developed. Traditional Indian households could not display German prints in their 'natural' state and hence the prints were pasted over with silk, gold sequins and miniature jewelry. The richer houses had the prints adorned and sewn with real gemstones and zardozi. Households from Chettinad actually sent prints to Burma to get them 'dressed'. These prints are therefore called 'Burma prints', 'Dressed prints' or 'Dresser prints'. While some collectors feel these Burma prints derogate from the original beauty of the print, others desire them. Here are a few examples:

Madri: (L-R) The Burma print and the original version

Manini Radha: (L-R) The Burma print and the original version

Shankar: (L-R) The Burma print and the original version