Woman's Wedding Tunic (Chola)

Artist/maker unknown, Pakistani

Made in Pakistan, Asia

Mid- 20th century

Silk satin and silk twill with silk and metallic thread embroidery in buttonhole, chain, square chain, and couching stitches; with mirrors, metallic sequins, cotton braid, and cotton lace

35 x 22 inches (88.9 x 55.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. David R. Nalin and Dr. Richard Nalin, 1998

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A Pakistani bride of the Hindu Lohana group would have worn this tunic with full trousers and a head-covering shawl. Part of the rich regional tradition of domestic embroidery made for personal or familial use, the tunic is almost completely covered with dense, geometric embroidery. The mirror work developed from the original practice of using natural mica from the desert; the specially made pieces of blown glass now used are not pierced, but are held securely in place by embroidery stitches.