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Woman's Silk and Cotton Shawl, Swat Valley

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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.