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A Pashtun purse from Katawaz (Ghazni province)


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Textiles: Pre 1960: Item # 1080133

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A Pashtun nomad's purse from Katawaz, Ghazni province, Afghanistan, circa early to mid 20th century. This purse has three pockets with flaps and features blue and white beads all around the edges (blue beads are believed to ward off the blue evil eye). Fine silk ladder stitch in blue, green, orange, purple and bergundy, depicting whorl designs on a red silk background. The stylized, radiating designs are typical of Pashtun embroidery. The purse is embellished with many mirrors (shisha), sewn in mirror stitch, and the edges of each pocket are enhanced with gold metallic couching. The middle flap exhibits the dense beadwork in which the Pashtuns excel.