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Antique Afghani Pashtun Silk Embroidered Baby's Bib - Collectible Tribal Textile

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Price: $64.00
Item Number: TXP-002-TxBib

Collectible Antique Afghani Tribal Pashtun Embroidered Bib

This antique Pashtun Tribal Embroidered Baby's Bib was hand embroidered in Afghanistan in the early to mid-1900s. Extremely ornate, the complex designs hold great personal and cultural significance to the embroiderer and her clan. Patterns generally consist of repeating geometric shapes that are richly embedded with stylized flourishes and animal motifs. As on this piece, the rooster head the rams’ horn are two especially favorite patterns - the one symbolizing fertility and plenty, the other promising to protect the family from harm. The warm pomegranate color of the base fabric is classic to this region.

Afghan men were entrusted with spinning the threads, but it was the Afghan women who became expert embroiderers, learning as children from their own mothers and from local village women. Embroidery was a social activity, with different sections being completed by different women, especially when making large pieces. Some village women became specialized finishers, sought out to complete the final touches on a piece that had been embroidered by others. For example, an Afghan woman finisher completed the blue-beaded twisted-fringe edging on this gorgeous bib to ward off the evil eye. The finely sewn, dense chain stitching in orange, red, and purple threads on silk fabric of this piece are indicative of  the Patika Pashtun tribe from the Afghan Ghazni Province, known for their fine textiles and embroidery.

The Afghan Pashtun Tribal Embroidery is a work of art in itself.  This stunning and meticulously embroidered antique baby's bib is in excellent condition -Wearable and Collectible, Museum Quality.

     Size = 9-1/2 inches x 10 inches (1 inch = 2.54 cm)
     Weight = 4.1 oz

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