Womens dress or jumlo, cotton/silk/buttons/coins, embroidered and block printed, Indus Kohistan, Pakistan, c.1940
Elaborately decorated knee length tunic or dress, handmade in black cotton drill. The dress has a round neck and front opening, very long wide square-set sleeves, and a very full skirt whose fullness comes from dozens of inset triangular gores. The sleeves have a block printed design in red, yellow, green and blue, and the front opening and sleeve edges are bordered with finely embroidered geometric designs in coloured cross stitch and straight stitch and set off with white beads. The neck edge and the sleeve seams are edged with printed cotton. The front of the top and the sleeves are embellished with a collection of plastic, pearl and metal buttons, coins (mainly Indian and Pakistani), metal tokens of various sizes and design. Strings of metal beads threaded on cords are disposed in a geometric, symmetrical pattern that complements the lines of construction of the dress. The top end of the sleeves are lined with cotton, and some seams are top stitched with red thread.