This black pair of embroidered woman’s calf-length trousers native to the Balochi/Baluchi tribes native to Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India was purchased by Dr. Reem Tariq El Mutwalli from a dealer based in southern Iran, in 2020 to be added to The Zay Initiative collection. It was part of an ensemble along with a (pashk), accompanied by a necklace and a pair of earrings all of which are also part of the collection.
This is a pair of traditional Balochi women’s calf-length trousers or (shalvar)/(salwar) in black silk (georgette) with (quadrille) style weave. It is embellished with typical Balochi style embroidery depicting geometric shapes and floral motifs and is typically worn with a tunic dress called (kamiz)/(paskh)/(pashk).
The field of the trousers is embellished with sporadic repeats of interlaced geometric motifs – circles, and squares – executed in (satin_stitch) style embroidery with silk floss thread in mustard yellow reflecting the design of its accompanied pashk. The borders of the trousers are also embellished with butterfly and floral motifs like the pashk with outlines and highlights of silver metallic threads. It has a very wide waistband constructed of a georgette (damask) fabric with repeats of heart-shaped motifs.
This piece possibly originated in the Sistan and Baluchestan province of Iran as it was accompanied by a necklace (ZI2020.500734b ASIA) and a pair of earrings (ZI2020.500734c ASIA) both of which are embellished with old nickel coins of Qajar Persian origin c. early 19th century.
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