This object was purchased with the help of the fashion designer Homiera Ebadi, one of our dedicated volunteers who helps us source items such as these.
This scarf, locally known as (balla), is from the city of Evaz and represents a typical item of clothing worn by women throughout the county of Larestan in the Fars Province of Iran. The red chiffon is hand-embellished with silver embroidery (khus) in small simple flower patterns. Three of thr four edges are finished with hand-knitted rows weaved of silver ribbons (khus) and gold decorative edging (zari), which matches the sleeve cuffs of the tunic (Zi500121 IRAN).
The city of Evaz, in the south of Fars Province, has creative women who sew traditional, loose-fitting, and colourful clothes decorated with khus and zari. While these woman are known for weaving khus, this craft is believed to originate in India. Until 100 years ago, daily clothes decorated with khus were widespread throughout Fars Province. Hats, pants, scarves and women’s shirts were adorned with it, as well as children’s clothes. Due to the beauty and importance of the clothing from that region, they were included in the list of national monuments in Iran.