Man's jacket labeda of glazed and quilted cotton. Nepal, early 20th century. Museum number: IS.79-1988. Victoria & Albert Museum © V&A Images

This distinctively cut jacket is worn as Nepalese court or official wear, paired with trousers of the same material. A similar form also occurs with sleeves. This jacket is made of an unusual glazed cotton fabric, quilted all over and with a larger, geometric quilted pattern forming a border. The origin of this style of garment is unclear, but is probably to be found in northern India. Coasts and jackets with side fastenings are widespread in both India and Tibet, Nepal's closest neighbours. However, a Tibetan garment would normally use a button- and loop-fastening as a closure, while fabric ties like those on this garment are the more common means of fastening in India.