Spectacular ancient textile embroidered by women of the Serkhart Baluch tribe (literally Baluch from the Border). The stitch in the embroidery is so small that it was probably made with a magnifying glass. The piece is decorated with buttons and sea shells (symbols of fertility). The triangles at the bottom are normally used as fertility symbols by representing a woman’s vulva. Of all the textiles we have handled in over 25 years, this one has perhaps the smallest stitch.
The Baloch or Baluch are an Iranian people who live mainly in the Balochistan region, located at the southeasternmost edge of the Iranian plateau, encompassing the countries of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. There are also Baloch diaspora communities in neighbouring regions, including in India, Turkmenistan and the Arabian Peninsula.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool
Size: 160×125 cms (without tassels)
Origin: Serkhat Baluch, Afghanistan
Date of weaving: 1930s