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A purse from Baluchistan, mid 20th century

A purse from Baluchistan, mid 20th century


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Textiles: Pre 1980: Item # 1119687

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Embroidered purses ("bushkiri") are used by the Baluch for carrying and storing valuables and bridal dowry gifts. This purse from Baluchistan measures 20.3 x 32.5 cm when opened, 19.2 x 20 cm when closed, and is dated to the early to mid 20th century. This densely worked purse features intricate repeating geometric patterns and colors worked in a delicate satin stitch, combined with a meticulously worked interlacing stitch on a fine linen ground. The renowned vibrancy of Baluchi embroidery can be seen in this piece by the complex division of the design into contrasting areas of densely worked embroidery, intricately arranged into a wider design field of triangular motifs. The vertical lines, divided by rows of chain stitch in black thread held by small white stitches, are typical of Baluchi work. Baluchistan is the largest but most sparsely populated province of Pakistan, largely inhabited by nomadic and semi-nomadic groups whose culture and traditions are quite distinct from the other ethnic groups of Pakistan. The condition of this purse is good, some discoloration on the purse flap.