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A child's embroidered dress yoke from Afghanistan

A child's embroidered dress yoke from Afghanistan


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Textiles: Pre 1960: Item # 1073984

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This is an old textile piece from Afghanistan, circa mid 20th century, made by Pashtuns from Ghazni province. It is a child's dress front. The textile features traditional motifs in cross stitch, silk thread in yellow, green and blue on a cotton background. There is metallic braiding appliqued on the sides and metallic silver couching at the top. The side tabs at the bottom are executed in herringbone stitch on a white cotton background. The piece is trimmed with blue glass beads at the collar (blue glass beads are traditionally used to ward off evil), and multi colored beads down the front and at the bottom. Traditional Pashtun dress yokes have a yoke under the neckline from which long panels of fabric flow. Sleeves are typically wide, and they wear matching cuffed pants (shalwar) underneath. The garments are decorated with embroidery at the yoke, the bottom of the sleeves and the cuff of the pants. When a garment wears out, they remove the embroidered areas and re-use them in a new piece so that their progeny may share some of the original outfit. The back side of this piece is a red printed cotton. It measures 12 x 21.1 inches (30.5 x 53.6 cm). Condition of the textile is excellent.