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Dress, woman's


Dress (pask, pashk), woman's, red/dark pink with embroidered panels on the front, the bodice (jig) with central patterned strip (toi) and rectangular pocket from waist to hem (pado, las), and cuffs (banzar, banzari), with pleats (chin) either side of the waist, plain on the reverse: Asia, South Asia, Iran, Makran, Baluch, early - mid 20th century

Museum reference



World Culture

Object name

Dress, woman's

Production information

Makran, Baluchistan, Iran, West Asia


Early - mid 20th century

Style / Culture



Cotton, Metal thread, Mica, Mirror glass

Physical description

The base colour of the dress fabric is red with patches of darker pink, purple and darker red. The dress is knee-length, with long sleeves. At the opening at the top of the embroidered bodice panel on the front (jig) there are two long cords comprised of threads loosely twisted, with tassels bound in metallic thread. At the points where these are attached to the dress there is a circle-segment shaped section of embroidery. The motif at the bottom of the central patterned strip (toi) is a circle with a reflective disc in the middle (sisa) of either mica or mirrored glass, above a cross. There is an embroidered rectangular pocket from waist to hem (pado, las), comprised of one triangular section at the top and two square sections each with a circle at centre with a reflective disc (sisa) in the middle, and one thin rectangular shape section at the bottom. Both sections have a green border. Embroidered cuffs on both sleeves. There is a tightly pleated section on either side of the waist with an insert of floral fabric above. The reverse is plain.

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