Afghan and Pakistan Textiles

      from the collection of Marla Mallett

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Many ethnic groups in Afghanistan and nearby northern Pakistan are well-known for their carpets, but groups such as the Pashtun have also produced beautiful, intricately embroidered textiles, sometimes embellished with beadwork.  Most of the items posted here are costume pieces or household items such as cushion covers, tray covers, etc., that date from either the late 19th century or the first half of the 20th century.  They are joyful, colorful articles that greatly enlivened the austere and often harsh environments.  Most Turkmen and Uzbek pieces from northern Afghanistan are posted on a separate page along with other Central Asian items. 

Click on the inventory numbers below to see large, full-view photos and large details.  For a wide range of other textiles go to our HOME page.  


Woman's Headdress (Chader)
Kohistan, Pakistan
6"x 46"
Silk embroidery on cotton, with
beading, buttons and metal ornaments
E-9363


Pashtun Tray Cover
Southern Afghanistan
20"x 24"
Silk embroidery on silk; beading
E-9412


Boy's Hat
Nuristan, Afghanistan
5"x 10"
Silk embroidery on cotton, with
beading, buttons and zipper trim
E-9405


Pashtun Cushion Cover
Swat Valley, Pakistan
14"x 31"
Silk embroidery on cotton
E-8962


Pair of Pashtun Trivets
Afghanistan
Each: 8"diameter
Glass beading
E-1168
E-1169


Pashtun Dress Panel

Katawaz, Afghanistan
10"x 10"
Silk chain-stitch embroidery
on cotton; beading
E-9383

 


Uzbek Boy's Hat
Northern Afghanistan
6"x 3"
Silk needlepoint, with metal ornaments
and coins.
E-9373


Pashtun Cushion Cover
Swat Valley, Pakistan
14"x 27"
Silk embroidery on cotton
E-8961


Boy's Hat
Nuristan, Afghanistan
5"x 8"
Needlepoint on cotton, with beading,
mirrors, buttons and zipper trim
E-9406


Pashtun Dress Panel
Katawaz, Afghanistan
9"x 9"
Silk chain-stitch embroidery
on cotton; beading.
E-9387

Pashtun Dress Panel
Katawaz, Afghanistan
9"x 9"
Silk chain-stitch embroidery
on cotton; beading.
E-9385


Girl's Headdress (Chader)
Kohistan, Pakistan
6"x 18"
Beadwork and embroidery
on silk satin
E-9404

Pashtun Dress Panel
Katawaz, Afghanistan
10"x 10"
Silk chain-stitch embroidery
on cotton; beading.
E-9386

Pashtun Dress Panel
Katawaz, Afghanistan
9"x 9"
Silk chain-stitch embroidery
on cotton; beading. 
E-9384


Hazzara Tray Cover
Central Afghanistan
27"x 28"
Silk satin stitch on cotton;  beading

E-9411


Women and children in the Swat Valley, Pakistan. Johannes Kalter               


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