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Khattak dress (Pakistan)

Khattak woman's embroidered dress, Pakistan (mid-20th century) (TRC 2018.2738). Khattak woman's embroidered dress, Pakistan (mid-20th century) (TRC 2018.2738).

The Textile Research Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands, houses a woman's dress from among the Khattaks, a Pashtun tribe living southeast of Peshawar, west of the Indus river. (TRC 2018.2738). The dress is made from various pieces of black and dark-grey material.

The neck opening and the front panel are decorated with embroidery, especially with lines of diamonds worked in darning stitch. The back of the dress has some embroidery, but the main feature of the dress are the numerous gores set into the skirt. This type of dress is related to the jumlo type of dress from further north along the Indus (Kohistan/Swat).

Compare an embroidered jumlo dress from northern Pakistan.

TRC online catalogue (retrieved 25th August 2018).

GV (26th August 2018)

Last modified on Friday, 31 August 2018 15:06