A woman's shawl of phulkari style embroidery of silk on a hand loomed cotton ground. Late 19th/early 20th century Swat Valley. Measures : 41" W x 101"
This stunning piece comes from a remote mountainous area in the North West Frontier Province, where the inhabitants maintained their non Islamic animistic leanings until the end of the 19th century. The circular motif is a sun disk and the borders are related to a tree of life.