This densely embroidered purse is from Katawaz (Ghazni province), Afghanistan and measures 12x25 cm when opened, 11x12.5 cm when closed. The metallic thread embroidery is not taken through the background fabric but applied onto it in satin stitches, laid parallel to each other and held down by tiny stitches in orange thread. This embroidery technique serves to create the curvilinear designs in relief. The core is red, green and aubergine silk velvet and the relief designs are neatly framed in by a band of emerald and metallic thread in satin stitch. The outer edges of the purse are trimmed with white beads. Printed cotton fabric lines the inside of the purse. Condition: Excellent. Estimated age: mid 20th century (probably 1960s).