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Woman's robe

Woman's robe

  • Place of origin:

    Baluchistan (made)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk with gold-wrapped thread

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Major Arthur M. Cohen through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Woman's robe (pashk) of purple silk embroidered and couched with gold-wrapped thread. A triangular red silk gusset is under each arm. The robe is wider at the bottom than at the top, and the sleeves are wider at the shoulder than at the wrist. There is an opening at the front and a flap-pocket at the waist. The gold embroidery is worked on the breast and the front panel with open diamond diaper and close geometrical panels of basket and diamond motives. The edges of the neck, deep cuffs and all the seams and bottom are ornamented.

Place of Origin

Baluchistan (made)


early 20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk with gold-wrapped thread


Length: 119 cm, Length: 46 in, Width: 65 in across sleeves

Descriptive line

Woman's robe (pashk) of silk embroidered with gold-wrapped thread, Baluchistan, early 20th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Dress in detail from around the world / Rosemary Crill, Jennifer Wearden and Verity Wilson ; with contributions from Anna Jackson and Charlotte Horlyck ; photographs by Richard Davis, drawings by Leonie Davis. London: V&A Publications, 2002 Number: 1851773770 (hbk), 1851773789 (pbk)
p. 72, fig. 114
Colours of the Indus : costume and textiles of Pakistan / Nasreen Askari and Rosemary Crill. London: Merrell Holberton in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1997 Number: 1858940443

Production Note

Probably made and worn in Kalat, Baluchistan


Silk; Gold thread




Textiles; Women's clothes; Embroidery


South & South East Asia Collection

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