Woman's head covering (chador)

First half of the 19th century

Object Place: Iran (Kirman) or Kashmir,


249.5 x 183.5 cm (98 1/4 x 72 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wool and silk; wool twill weave embroidered with wool and silk, running stitch

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



Chador in shape of a semi-circle. Beige wool ground, twill-woven, embroidered with polychrome silks in small, straight stitches. Field shows meandering stalks bearing fantastic blossoms and leaves. In each of two corners, a long, slender cone above fan-shaped ornament. Seam down center, cleverly disguised. Garment probably had a hood-motif, now missing. Arabic inscription near center of straight edfe. Lined with gaudy European chintz in Indian style. Soiled and patched.


Inscription on this chador declares:
"Your body in this chador, o rose-bodied one,
Is a cypress whose stature has been hidden by a white rose. "

"By special order, of novel design, with snakes, European paisleys, aigrettes, and Chinese flowers, worked in turquoise and rust, with moons [quarter circles]. Excellent, jewel-studding work of absolutely the finest quality! O Protector, exalted be He."


Gift of High School Scholarship Classes of Fine Arts to MFA, December 10, 1959.

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Gift of High School Scholarship Classes of Fine Arts