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  • Place of origin:

    Swat Valley (made)

  • Date:

    mid 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, embroidered with floss silk; surface darning-stitch

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Woman's shirt of woven cotton, embroidered with floss silk. The garment has a round neck with front slit with loop fastening (corresponding button missing). Inset long sleeves, and body flaring out towards the bottom in a bell shape, achieved by inserted side panels widening towards the hem. Sides slit at bottom. Dark indigo cotton, the upper front plain, the lower front patterned with a repeating stylised motif (possibly a cypress), some in aniline pink, some in burnt orange, all with details in green and buff. The sleeves are patterned with a different repeating stylised plant motif, some in red, some yellow, some buff. The upper sleeves and a large rectangular panel on the back are patterned with geometrical embroidery in burnt orange and aniline pink, with details in light green and buff. Borders of similar style and colour run round the hem and the bottom of the sleeves, and triangular sections round the side vents have similar embroidery.

Place of Origin

Swat Valley (made)


mid 20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, embroidered with floss silk; surface darning-stitch


Length: 84 cm from shoulder to bottom hem, Width: 148 cm across sleeves form cuff to cuff

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1979/546.

Descriptive line

Woman's shirt of cotton embroidered with floss silk, Swat Valley, Pakistan, mid-20th century.

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

p. 22, cat. no. 129, ill. p. 129
Indian embroidery / Rosemary Crill ; photography by Richard Davis. London: V&A Publications, 1999 Number: 185177310X, 1851772944 (pbk.)


Cotton; Floss silk


Surface darning stitch; Weaving; Sewing

Subjects depicted

Geometric pattern


Images Online; Textiles; Clothing; Embroidery


South & South East Asia Collection

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