Dress - Kutchi Group, Pashtun Peoples, Afghanistan.

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Kutchi Dress of the Pashtun Peoples, Afghanistan. Full-length. Bodice of various fabrics and embellishments. Rounded neckline with slight standing/band collar of primarily yellow bead-work with blue bead squares containing red bead centers. "Collar" below neckline of pendant silver-colored coins. Shoulder areas of purple with primarily yellow stitching forming scroll-work. Front "bib" of dark red outlined with same bead-work as neckline, and sewn with 9 horizontal rows of green tear-drop shaped beads and a line of silver-colored coins. Center part of bodice of black fabric with all-over red reflective circles. Wide "waist" of dress with geometric bead-work band of white, green, ... continued below

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Creator: Unknown. 1950~.

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This physical object is part of the collection entitled: Texas Fashion Collection and was provided by UNT College of Visual Arts + Design to Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 569 times , with 17 in the last month . More information about this object can be viewed below.

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Kutchi Dress of the Pashtun Peoples, Afghanistan.

Full-length. Bodice of various fabrics and embellishments. Rounded neckline with slight standing/band collar of primarily yellow bead-work with blue bead squares containing red bead centers. "Collar" below neckline of pendant silver-colored coins. Shoulder areas of purple with primarily yellow stitching forming scroll-work. Front "bib" of dark red outlined with same bead-work as neckline, and sewn with 9 horizontal rows of green tear-drop shaped beads and a line of silver-colored coins. Center part of bodice of black fabric with all-over red reflective circles. Wide "waist" of dress with geometric bead-work band of white, green, red, blue, and orange, with band of small circular mirrors and two lower borders of fringe tipped with white and green beads, and lowest border of coins. Sleeves of dark green velvet with bands of rickrack of silver and gold, and stitching matching the shoulder areas. Edged with bead-work and with row of silver-colored coins. Skirt is full-length, and full, and is of dark blue/black fabric printed with white and grey pattern of small flower blossoms, paisley shapes, dots, leaves, etc. Hem of dress with wide embroidered band, upper section with horizontal band of squares of various colors (reddish, green, orange, pale green, purple), center band of yellow, and lower band of reddish/magenta. Unlined.

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This dress showcases the hand-embroidery, intricate bead-work, and multicolored cotton patchwork of the Pashtun peoples. The Kuchis are a subgroup of the Pashtun nomads, who represent the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan. These nomadic peoples often incorporate motifs, styles, and even coins acquired through their travels, and their work often shows influences from Iran, India, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan.

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Texas Fashion Collection

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  • 1950~

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  • March 7, 2014, 7:40 a.m.

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  • March 10, 2014, 10:53 a.m.

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Dress - Kutchi Group, Pashtun Peoples, Afghanistan., physical object, 1950~; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc276981/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Visual Arts + Design.