Four eight-pointed stars are the central theme of this gorgeous textile made by Hazara women, dated to the mid 20th century. Hand-embroidered in extremely fine cross stitch in silk thread on a tan cotton linen, it is the workmanship that marvels. The cross stitch on this textile can be more properly appreciated under a loupe. Each of the four eight-pointed stars is echoed by more eight-pointed stars and accented by triangular hooked motifs down the middle of the piece. The Hazara are the third largest ethnic group in Afghanistan and are Shi'a Muslims. Inhabiting mostly the central region of Afghanistan, embroidery is an important ritual for Hazara women who are isolated by cold and snow for as long as five months per year. This textile measures 22.5 x 23 cm and is in excellent condition.