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Bagh (Embroidered Head-Cover)

1900 (made)
Place Of Origin

This striking embroidery is an example of the distinctive red-and-white Hazara embrodieries of North-West Pakistan.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cotton embroidered with floss silk
Brief Description
Shawl or head-cover (bagh), white cotton ground with red and green silk embroidery, from Hazara, Pakistan, ca. 1900.
Physical Description
Rectangular shawl or head-cover of white hand-spun and hand-woven cotton (khadar) with brilliant red floss silk surface darn-stitch embroidery in stylised tree shapes with green details.
Dimensions
  • Length: 241cm
  • Width: 135cm (Note: Taken from 'Indian Textiles: the Karun Thakar Collection' (Prestel, 2014), plate 67.)
  • Length: 2410mm (Note: Taken by V&A Textile Conservation )
  • Width: 1410mm (Note: Taken by V&A Textile Conservation )
  • Top edge width: 1400mm
  • Bottom edge width: 1420mm
  • Proper right length: 2465mm
  • Proper left length: 2520mm
  • Weighed on roller weight: 10.5kg
Gallery Label
  • HEAD COVER The dense silk stitching on this woman’s head-cover identifies it as a bagh (literally ‘garden’). It is a type of phulkari, the traditional embroidery of Punjab and surrounding areas. The distinctive red and white pattern belongs to the neighbouring Hazara region of Pakistan. Both regions’ traditions have been combined in one garment.t. Head-cover (bagh) Cotton embroidered with floss silk Hazara, Pakistan, 1920–40 Given by Karun Thakar in memory of his brother Dinesh Thakar V&A: IS.1-2014(03/10/2015-01/10/2016)
Credit line
Given by Karun Thakar in memory of his brother Dinesh Thakar
Summary
This striking embroidery is an example of the distinctive red-and-white Hazara embrodieries of North-West Pakistan.
Bibliographic Reference
Detail illustrated in 'Indian Textiles: The Karun Thakar Collection' (Prestel, 2014), p.121, plate 67.
Collection
Accession Number
IS. 1-2014

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record createdAugust 1, 2012
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