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