WR3904_1-WR3904_2-WR3904_3-WR3904_4-WR3904_9-WR3904_6-WR3904_8-Slight velvet discoloration on front right bottom

Afghani Velvet Dress

Though highly esteemed by the ruling classes of the central Asia oasis towns, metal thread embroidery, unlike silk, was never forbidden to the common people and thus practiced in rural areas.

Loose long sleeved tunic dress of a Hazara woman.  Part of the shalwar  kameez ensemble with trousers worn underneath. Aubergine velvet with  metal thread embroidery in shades of gold. The technique is couching (dival isi) where cotton stitches hold down the metallic threads so they don’t have to go through the ground, as metallic threads are not very flexible. The composition has parallel plant forms that occur along the back, sleeves, and cuffs of the dress. The front of the dress has two vase shapes in a stylized plant motif.

Circa: Early 20th century

Origin: Afghanistan

Material: Silk velvet and metal thread

Condition: Good antique condition

Dimensions: 45" X 56"

Inventory number: WR3904



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