The Baloch people are from the Pakistani province of Balochistan; the Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan; and the southern areas of Afghanistan, including Nimruz, Helmand and Kandahar provinces.
Different regions of Balochi tribes have their own distinct needlework designs. This craft has traditionally been created only by women, and has been passed down through the generations. the inspiration behind their designs comes from geometry, nature, animals, agricultural and daily tools, the moon, the sun, face features with focus on the eyes, brows and lashes.
The colors used in the embroidery is inspired by nature and their surrounding, with emphasis on 6 colors Red, green, brown, black, white and blue; those colors became symbolizes of protection against illness and evil.
Along with the teaching of the principles of life, teaching this craft was important for the Baluch women old and young for generations to pass.
The stitching designs and patterning hold meaning; common motifs include arrows, “chicken feet”, diamonds, and flowers. Some of the designs may also incorporate other materials such as small pieces of mirror (known as shisha), different colors of thread, and/or pieces of colored fabric. The needlework was traditionally used for decorating women’s clothing, however it has also been used for decorating pillows, curtains, tablecloths, and men’s clothing.
This very long embroidery would be ideal to place as a headboard, in a long corridor or above the sofa.
Material: Cotton, mirrors, synthetic
Size: 250×63 cms
Origin: Baluch tribe from Afghanistan
Date of weaving: 1950s