Gul-i Pirahan

Gul-i pirahan from Afghanistan, 1960s. Gul-i pirahan from Afghanistan, 1960s. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, acc. no. TRC 1997.0114.

Gul-i pirahan ('flower of the shirt') is the term for an ornamental roundel on Pashtun garments and other items. They are generally made of felt and covered with symbols and objects of good luck and fertility, such as coloured beads, cowrie shells and metal discs. These roundels are usually applied in pairs and stitched to the upper part of women’s dresses, bags and animal trappings.

TRC online catalogue (retrieved 23 April 2017).


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