Dress

early 20th century (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Woman's cotton dress with silk embroidery in a style combining elements from several parts of the North-West Frontier Province and neighbouring Afghanistan. The 'phulkari'-type medallions recall the embroideries of Swat and Hazara, while bands of embroidery on the sleeves and the triangular inserts into the skirt suggest contact with Indus Kohistan. The intricately braided decoration on the neck is close to the type used by the Mangalli nomads of western Afganistan, who were traditionally also to be found on the Pakistan side of the border.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cotton embroidered with floss silk
Brief Description
Woman's embroidered cotton dress, Pakistan, 20th century.
Physical Description
Woman's cotton dress with silk embroidery in a style combining elements from several parts of the North-West Frontier Province and neighbouring Afghanistan. The 'phulkari'-type medallions recall the embroideries of Swat and Hazara, while bands of embroidery on the sleeves and the triangular inserts into the skirt suggest contact with Indus Kohistan. The intricately braided decoration on the neck is close to the type used by the Mangalli nomads of western Afganistan, who were traditionally also to be found on the Pakistan side of the border.
Dimensions
  • Length: 102cm
Bibliographic References
  • 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: 1858940443pp. 136, 137, ill. pl. 216
Collection
Accession Number
IS.39-1996

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record createdNovember 12, 2002
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