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Woman's veil

Woman's veil

  • Place of origin:

    Sindh (Tharparkar, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Collection of the late Mr Justice Feroze Nana, given to the V&A by his widow, Mrs. Shireen Feroze Nan, and children.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Woman's veil (abochhini) of embroidered cotton. Cotton embroidered with greens, purples, pink and orange. The embroidery is of two types - double button hole and a stitch-count type. The design is of two variants of a cross or star motif. With two small scorpions added at random and a stylised peacock and the figure of a man. Does not have the tree-motif at the ends.

Place of Origin

Sindh (Tharparkar, made)


ca. 1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered cotton


Height: 185 cm, Width: 148 cm

Descriptive line

Woman's veil (abochhini) of embroidered cotton, Sindh, Pakistan, ca. 1900

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

p. 20, cat. no. 99, ill. p. 103
Indian embroidery / Rosemary Crill ; photography by Richard Davis. London: V&A Publications, 1999 Number: 185177310X, 1851772944 (pbk.)
p.27, pl. 30
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


Textiles; Women's clothes; Marriage; Embroidery


South & South East Asia Collection

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