Embroidered phulkari-style panel from Hazara Division, Pakistan

Embroidered panel from Hazara Division, Pakistan, mid-20th century. Embroidered panel from Hazara Division, Pakistan, mid-20th century. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, Leiden, TRC 2016.1771.

The Textile Research Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands, holds an embroidered panel (TRC 2018.2744) that originates from the north of Pakistan, in the Hazara Division, which lies east of the Indus river, and which forms part of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province (TRC 2018.2744). The capital of the Hazara Division is Abbottabad.

The panel is decorated with large diamonds, triangles, small hexagons and zig-zag patterns. The embroidery is worked on a white cotton ground in darning stitch in magenta and dark red silk. The embroidery is related to the phulkari work from the same area and neighbouring Punjab.

For phulkari-work: See also: Gillian Vogelsang and Willem Vogelsang, Encyclopedia of Embroidery from Central Asia, the Iranian Plateau and the Indian Subcontinent. 2021. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, pp. 270-276. For phulkari-work from the Hazara Division in Pakistan, see especially pp. 272-273.

TRC online catalogue (retrieved 17 May 2021).


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