Roohband / Rooband or Face Veil used by women in Tadjikistan
The word "Rooh Band " literally means "Shut the Soul in" so that no untoward attention is received by the wearer.The idea is the the beauty of the woman is reserved solely for her husband.
At the position of the eyes there is a net so that the wearer may view the world.
Silk embroidery on cotton. Ikat Borders stitched on.
65cm x 61cm
Estimated to be 1960s-1970s
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.