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Dress

Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Dress
Local Name: jumlo
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province, Indus Kohistan
Period: Mid 20th century
Date: 1950 - 1960
Dimensions: L 86 cm x W 159 cm
Materials: Wool; cotton; glass bead; metal
Techniques: Twill woven; embroidered; beaded; hand-sewn
ID Number: T87.0003
Credit: Gift of John Anderson

The jumlo was one of the most lavishly embroidered and embellished garments in South Asia, and worn by Muslim women in remote Indus Kohistan. The dress’s skirt was formed of triangular gussets – some examples have as many as 600. The jumlo, worn with full trousers and an embroidered shawl, was often embellished with coins, buttons, even key chains and old zippers. In the 1970s, ready-made Pakistani clothing began to replace jumlo.

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