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Pashtun people Woman's ankle cuffs or puttees 1900-30 Place made: Afghanistan
Materials & Technique: textiles, silk, cotton lining; embroidery: chain stitch, satin stitch
Dimensions: a) 8.4 h x 47.4 w cm tie A 51.0 h cm b) 8.0 h x 47.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.320.A-B

The Pashtun women of Afghanistan and northern Pakistan traditionally wear wide trousers under full-skirted dresses. Decorative cuffs or puttees, displaying a range of vibrant designs, are worn around the ankles to adorn and fasten the lower hems of the trousers. In typical Pashtun style, these puttees are embroidered in lively chain stitch with stylised motifs derived from nature. The long braided ties attached to the ends of the cuffs are used to secure the puttees around the legs.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label