Protective motifs adorn this child’s hood. The sides of the headdress feature the tree-of-life motif while the crown is embroidered with stylised rams’ heads and geometric forms. In Indus Kohistan, buttons, zippers, glass and plastic beads, coins and various dangling ornaments are often used to decorate hats, dresses and shawls. While elaborate headgear like this heavily beaded and embroidered hood is now rarely seen in the Indus Kohistan region, smaller less decorative versions are still worn.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label