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A woman's shawl from Waziristan, early 20th century

A woman's shawl from Waziristan, early 20th century


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Textiles: Pre 1960: Item # 1118980

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A woman's shawl from Waziristan dated to the early 20th century. Woven black cotton field with silk fringes, and intricate silk embroidery throughout. It measures 49 inches in width, 103.5 inches in length (124.5 cm x 262.9 cm). Condition is excellent, just some minor discolorations to be expected from a textile of this age. Waziristan ("land of the Wazir") is a mountainous region near the Northwest of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and covering some 11,585 km (4,473 sq mi). The area is entirely populated by ethnic Pashtuns who speak Pashto. It is part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), considered to be outside the country's four provinces.