Notes on Culture & Antique Art, Ethnic Decor & Vintage Fashion | Wovensouls Art Gallery
Superb Wedding Ceremonial Turban from Swat Valley with double sided embroidery
Thick and heavy luscious embroidery on borders and end panels
The color is deep red (silk is difficult to photograph) and has accents in pink blue, yellow and orange.
Multicolored tassels attached along the end – some missing.
Embroidery left incomplete is about 12″. The dealer who is from the culture mentioned that it was left as a Nazar Battu.
Worn by men as a turban at important ceremonies
A turban is also the symbol of one’s honor and is symbolic of a man’s pride. It is the most important dress item of a man. Social Code requires that the turban be treated with respect and conversely any disrespect to the turban may be perceived as an insult.
38 x 368cm
The end panels with embroidery are 108cm long on each side and the border on each side is 5cm long
Estimated to be from the early-mid 1900s
Literature Reference: John Gillow’s book showcases a similar turban with double sided embroidery
This item has lived a hearty life participating in the lives of the original creators. Therefore signs of usage are present as minor stains, tears, repairs, thread loss etc.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.