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Dress

1840-1860 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The dark indigo-blue cotton used for the main body of this dress, and many others in north-west Pakistan, is locally woven and dyed. While some dresses are made up solely in this rather austere material, others, like this one, are decorated, usually on the chest, with beautifully embroidered patterns, as well as with silk tassels and other embellishments.

The small triangular element that hangs from the waistband of this dress is probably derived from a traditional amulet form, which protects the wearer and promises fertility. Such triangular amulets may be found in cloth or metal, and are seen very widely, especially on women's and children's dress, throughout Afghanistan, Muslim Central Asia and much of Pakistan.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Embroidered cotton, silk tassels
Brief Description
with embroidered yoke; Costume, black cotton silk, Dehra Ismael Khan; Textile
Object history
Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. Slip book entry 3801: 'Cotton Petticoat / Derha Ishemal Khan / 55 / Silk Emb'd front'.
Production
Dera Ismail Khan, North-West Frontier Province
Summary
The dark indigo-blue cotton used for the main body of this dress, and many others in north-west Pakistan, is locally woven and dyed. While some dresses are made up solely in this rather austere material, others, like this one, are decorated, usually on the chest, with beautifully embroidered patterns, as well as with silk tassels and other embellishments.



The small triangular element that hangs from the waistband of this dress is probably derived from a traditional amulet form, which protects the wearer and promises fertility. Such triangular amulets may be found in cloth or metal, and are seen very widely, especially on women's and children's dress, throughout Afghanistan, Muslim Central Asia and much of Pakistan.
Bibliographic Reference
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)pp. 34-35
Other Number
3801 - India Museum Slip Book
Collection
Accession Number
05603(IS)

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