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Indus Kohistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Child's hood c. 1966 Materials & Technique: textiles, cotton, silk thread, glass beads, metal beads, shell buttons, plastic buttons, brass buttons, tusks, metal ornaments, coins, printed cotton lining cotton, silk, buttons, beads, metal ornaments, printed cotton lining; beadwork, embroidery: surface darning stitch (satin stitch), cross stitch, couching, running stitch, back stitch, cross stitch ribbing
Dimensions: length 75.0 h cm crown circum 44.0 w circum. hem 102.0 w
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.311

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