Woman's head cloth or ceremonial cover

Pakistan, Hazara (Punjabi)
19th century

Object Place: Punjab, India


Other: 99 x 230 cm (39 x 90 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton plain-weave embroidered with silk (phulkari, bagh)

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Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s head cloth or ceremonial cover of phulkari or bagh embroidery (“flowering work” or “garden”) constructed of five lengths of natural plain-weave cotton with design in main field of diamond lozenges diagonally quartered and embroidered in brick red floss silk in chevron pattern, accented with dark blue, light green and orange gold silk, alternating with narrow zigzag bands; crosswise border on each end with design of alternating dark green and brick red silk horizontal bands with diagonal bands of natural cotton.


Bequest from Betty Bartlett McAndrew to the MFA, October 22, 1986

Credit Line

Bequest of Betty Bartlett McAndrew