Rare Antique Wedding Shawl from Nuristan or Swat Valley
Hand spun cotton, handwoven and hand embroidered
Exquisite delicate flower motifs all over the field rendered in a style typical of Nuristan textile art
Superbly done pallu end-panels and selvedge borders done in a style typical of Swat Valley
3 narrow panels (narrow because the looms were narrow) embroidered and then handstitched to form the larger shawl.
The white portion has yellowed with age. Some signs of usage including minor stains and distress spots.
Age unknown but estimated to be 80 years old
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.