Costume and Textiles
Woman's Wedding Tunic (Chola)Made in Pakistan, Asia
Mid- 20th century
Artist/maker unknown, Pakistani
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
Currently not on view
1998-102-5Gift of Dr. David R. Nalin and Dr. Richard Nalin, 1998
LabelA 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.