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Pillow cover

  • Place of origin:

    Swat Valley (made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven cotton, embroidered with silks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pillow cover of coarse yellow cotton, one side plain field, embroidered in silks with aniline pink triangle in corners, within geometrically scrolled repeating border of the same. On the other side a large central octagonal medallion, flanked by a smaller medallion on either side. The field is enclosed by spandrels and a border with similar semi-geometrical scrolled embroidery in pink with details in yellow, light green and dark blue. Woollen tassels, black, green and pink, at the corners.

Place of Origin

Swat Valley (made)


20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven cotton, embroidered with silks


Length: 87 cm including pompoms, Width: 39 cm including pompoms, Length: 77 cm excluding pompoms, Width: 32 cm excluding pompoms

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1979/546.

Descriptive line

Pillow cover, woven cotton embroidered with coloured silks, Swat Valley, Pakistan, 20th century


Cotton (textile); Silk thread; Wool yarn


Weaving; Embroidered

Subjects depicted

Geometric patterns


Textiles; Embroidery


South & South East Asia Collection

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