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Sindhi Kanjiri (traditional blouse): Pakistan

Sindhi Kanjiri (traditional blouse): Pakistan

$59.00


Circa late 20th century Sindhi Kanjiri (traditional blouse) made by woman from the SAYEED tribe. Embroidered heavily in metallic thread indicating this wearer was of high status. Couching stitch is used to fix metallic thread which is twisted into position and thread is stitched across (couched) to hold it in place. SHISHA or mirror work adds to the garment's sparkle along with intricate red beadwork and sequin trim around sleeves. Main base fabric is shiny polyester or acrylic but many pieces of scrap fabrics have been used on the back. Numerous red cotton pompoms (also indicating kanjiri is worn on special occasions). Gold beads are stitched along hem with small amount of woolen embroidery around lower bodice on either side. The bottom is edged with three bands in red, blue and yellow strips that have been decorated with rows of machine stitching. White rick-rack braid adds design definition. I purchased this Kanjiri from a contact in Sindh, Pakistan.