Waistcoat (Afghanistan)

Embroidered waistcoat from Afghanistan, late 20th century. Embroidered waistcoat from Afghanistan, late 20th century. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, Leiden, acc. no. TRC 1997.0123.

The Textile Research Centre (TRC), Leiden, houses a waistcoat from Afghanistan, locally called a waskat. The waistcoat dates to the late twentieth century. The waistcoat, worn on festive occasions, is made of red velvet with gold braid passementerie in geometric patterns. This style of decoration is generally associated with the Afghan capital, Kabul.

See also the TRC digital exhibition Afghan Dress (TRC, Leiden, 2017) and the TRC digital exhibition Dressing The Stans: Textiles, Dress and Jewellery from Central Asia (TRC, Leiden, 2017).

TRC online catalogue (retrieved 3 October 2016).

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