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Wedding Shirt

Type: For Ceremony and Ritual
Object Name: Wedding Shirt
Local Name: kurta
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province, Swat
Period: Early to mid 20th century
Date: 1930 - 1950
Dimensions: L 101 cm x W 163 cm
Materials: Cotton; silk; plastic button
Techniques: Plain woven; machine-sewn; embroidered
ID Number: T87.0168
Credit: Textile Museum of Canada purchase

The Kohistan region contains both the Swat Valley and the Indus Valley, each has its own embroidery style: Swati women prefer satin stitch outlined with a white running stitch (as seen on this wedding kurta), while tiny cross-stitches are favoured in Indus Kohistan. Yet both styles are often found on the same garment indicating the close cultural contact between the two.