Child's headdress (hat) of felted wool with wool embroidery. Upper Chitral valley, Kohistan.
Back view of Child's headdress (hat) of felted wool with wool embroidery. Upper Chitral valley, Kohistan.
Embroidered wool detail on child's headdress.
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Chitral Headdress, Embroidery on Felted Wool

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The felted wool used in this child's headdress is called patti and was woven in the remote hill station of Mogh about 20 Km west of Chitral. The light color of this headdress is in the undyed state called khud rang and is made into the off-white cloth called ishberu.

This style of child's headdress was worn mainly in the areas of upper Chitral valley that links Kohistan to Gilgit.  I had visited this area in the early 80's on my way to Ladakh.  The people are the relations many generations removed to Alexander the Great, many having blue eyes and red hair.

This piece dates to the 1950's to 60's and is probably the last gasp of this style of traditional garment.