Tunic from the Swat Valley
From the Swat Valley in western Pakistan, this heavily embroidered woman’s tunic has been lovingly repaired and pieced with old bits of embroidery and handspun cloth. The front is covered with silk motifs which are similar to rug designs in the region, of vibrant magenta silk with accents in yellow. The back is not intended to show and has been repaired with a cloth dotted with previous embroidered designs. Not as elaborate as newer versions we’ve seen, this tunic is probably much older, as the handspun cotton would suggest: some is black cotton, and some is very dark indigo. Condition is good with original repairs.
Size: 61 in. cuff to cuff x 20 in. across chest x 39 in. shoulder to hem