Dress

A woman from Indus Kohistan owned one or two of these dresses in her lifetime, which she wore with pants and a richly decorated shawl. The dress is made from available materials. Look at the embellishments: coins, zippers, beads, sequins and buttons. The voluminous skirt is stitched together with hundreds of triangular sections of cloth called godets.


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Why is the skirt of this dress made of so many pieces (over 100 godets)?

responded: Sep 10, 2011

Posted by Ostwald Au-Yeung

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Traditionally, fabric is quite an expensive material. The many godets added in the skirt area would require large amounts of additional fabric, adding to the overall cost of the garment. Also, adding these godets would require much more time to complete because the seamstress would have to cut out the different sized triangles and sew them together one by one. The time and money going into this would surely be greater than that of a regular circle skirt. Since women from Indus Kohistan would only own one or two of these, it would make sense for her to really invest in it; in other words, go big or go home. It is very possible that the more voluminous the skirt is in Indus Kohistan, the more wealthy the woman's family is. Another possibility for the godets is that the voluminous skirt just accentuates the waist in comparison, especially when twirled, which could be an erogenous zone in Indus Kohistanian culture.

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