This item is part of a three-piece ensemble that includes the Evazi silver embroidered scarf (ZI 500121a IRAN) and embellished green silk pants (ZI 500121b IRAN).
This object was purchased with the help of the fashion designer Homiera Ebadi, one of our dedicated volunteers who helps source items such as these.
This short collarless coat-dress is locally known as (juma) or (kraas). This garment is from the city of Fishvar and represents a typical item of clothing worn by women throughout the county of Larestan in the Fars Province of Iran. The red atlas silk is brocaded all over with gold floral motifs and small flowers embroidered in purple, teal, and green. It is open almost all the way down the front, and the collar and front opening are surrounded by gold decorative edging (zari). The sleeve cuffs are made of hand-knitted rows weaved with silver ribbons (khus) and more of the zari decorative edging. Extra fabric is added under the armpits to form gussets.
Similar to the neighbouring city of Evaz, Fishvar has creative women who sew traditional, loose-fitting, and colourful clothes decorated with khus and zari. While these women 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.