Walk in Wardrobe


The wardrobe of HEH Mir Mahbub Ali Khan, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad (1869-1911), showcases some of the costumes worn in the city during the early 19th century.

A truly phenomenal exhibit in its own right, the wardrobe, is 176 ft long and is made of the finest of the Burma teak. It is constructed on two levels.

The Nizam never repeated his clothes and once worn, his clothes were given away. Therefore, we have no authentic record of his wardrobe, but have attempted to recreate one section based on photographs of his clothes and the historical accounts of that period. In the absence of any of his personal items, the remaining sections of the wardrobe are used to highlight the various costumes of men, women and children of Hyderabad.

There are at present more than ten buildings in Purani Haveli. The main building which accommodated the Nizam’s museum is flanked by two long wings running parallel to each other. The wardrobe and the museum are located in one of these wings.