Measuring 6 inches x 8 inches (20.5 cm x 14.5 cm) including the beaded fringes, this dazzling purse is from Bamiyan and is probably dated to 1940 or slightly later. The purse features couched metallic threads, gold couching, mirrors, and beaded fringes. An intricate array of curvilinear and geometric designs almost completely covers the dark navy silk background. The purse is lined with silk fabric. A textile of superb workmanship, very typical of Pashtun embroidery but quite possibly as well of Hazara embroidery. For as Bernard Dupaigne has noted, the Hazara have developed a hybrid style that incorporates elements from their own embroidery traditions and those of their neighbors, the Pashtuns. This may also be the inevitable result of the geographical proximity of the Hazara and Pashtuns living in Ghazni and Uruzgan.