Measuring 30 x 32.5 cm, this child's waistcoat from Afghanistan is embroidered in cross stitch in silk thread in geometric patterns, very typical of Hazara embroideries. However, as Bernard Dupaigne has noted, Pashtun and Hazara embroideries are sometimes difficult to distinguish due to the geographic proximity of both groups in the central region of Afghanistan. There is a style that incorporates the Hazara predilection for geometric designs in cross stitch, while the Pashtun influence is reflected in the typical Bokhara couching technique that frames the outer edges of this textile. Metallic threads are laid in parallel in satin stitch, with tiny stitches fastening the metallic thread at regular intervals to form a relief pattern. Condition: Excellent. Estimated age: mid 20th century.