Woman's embroidered cotton dress, Pakistan, 20th century.



Place of origin: Pakistan, North-West Frontier Province

Length: 102 cm

Woman's cotton dress with silk embroidery in a style combining elements from several parts of the North-West Frontier Province and neighbouring Afghanistan. The 'phulkari'-type medallions recall the embroideries of Swat and Hazara, while bands of embroidery on the sleeves and the triangular inserts into the skirt suggest contact with Indus Kohistan. The intricately braided decoration on the neck is close to the type used by the Mangalli nomads of western Afganistan, who were traditionally also to be found on the Pakistan side of the border.

Description from V&A museum

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