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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    As1985,19.112

  • Description

    Transvestite's quilt (kadera ralli); made of cotton, with appliqué.

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 217 centimetres
    • Width: 137 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Mr. Gillow was told it was made by (or for) itinerant transvestites, however he is not certain this is true. But even if the person he bought it from was inventing a story, this in itself links the quilt (ralli) with the hijira (kadera in Sindhi) culture, the only manifestation of male homosexuality that is acceptable in Pakistan. Hijiras are men who voluntarily submit to castration and then live as women, earning money through dancing and singing at weddings, and often through prostituting themselves to men. Locals may seek profit or entertainment (or both) by playing on outsiders' prurient interest in this phenomenon.

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1985

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    As1985,19.112

Transvestite's quilt (appliqued) made of textile, cotton.

Transvestite's quilt (appliqued) made of textile, cotton.

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