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 shalvar appears to be a dress but is actually a pair of wide pants locally known as (shavar / شاوار). This garment is from the city of Evaz, and represents a typical item of the wedding costume worn by brides throughout the county of Larestan in the Fars Province of Iran. The rich green silk is from India and is embroidered with a floral pattern and small polka dots. The bottom circumference of the hem is embellished with gold decorative edging (zari), silver ribbons (khus), and multi-coloured striped trim.
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.