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A wedding shawl from Indus Kohistan - Pakistan

A wedding shawl from Indus Kohistan - Pakistan


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1980: Item # 1088416

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A woman's wedding shawl from Indus Kohistan, circa mid 20th century. This elaborately decorated textile is embroidered in floss-silk thread on twill-woven, black cotton cloth. It is tightly constructed of two overlapping embroidered panels, each with white beaded fringing. The beads are mostly white, clear red and opaque turquoise. The embroidered patterns are accentuated with sequins and small mirrors encased in brass. The stitching on this texile is elaborate, a combination of a tiny cross stitch worked in patterns of minute squares at the top embroidered band (see last enlargement) and a longer satin/darning stitch reminiscent of the phulkari stitches of Hazara district. Interlocking rhomboid and triangular motifs dominate the piece, in deep pink, gold, orange, and two shades of green (emerald and apple green). The emerald green embroidery unfortunately appears as blue in the photos. The shawl is embellished also with gold couching at the top and bottom. Overall, the colors are mixed and evenly balanced to vivid effect. This texile measures 63 x 76 1/2 inches (160 x 194.3 cm).