I am selling this beautiful piece of embroidery which I purchased in Kabul, Afghanistan, in the 1970's. I visited there while I was living in India ~ everyone from Europe who had come overland to India raved about the country and Kabul and the beautiful nomadic peoples out in the remote areas. This piece has not been worn ever (as I did not get around to making a shirt from it.) I had some blouses/shirts made with these minuscule embroideries which I still have and wear and will post here in the future ~ (they are all white).k Therefore, this one was left 'as is' stored away all these decades.
It was made by hand, with minuscule stitches, and was made specifically to be the front panel (at the neck) of a shirt. Of course, the embroidery taking the most time, it was done first and then a shirt built around the art piece embroidery.
Embroidery and weaving was a way of life for women across Afghanistan in urban and country areas, but each tribal group produces distinctive patterns of embroidery and stitching, with designs passed down from mother to daughter.
Khamak, an intricate form of embroidery, is worked in silk thread and is a trademark of Kandahar. Girls learn this ancient art form at an early age and continue to do it throughout their lives. The practice of Khamak involves counting the threads of the fabric weave (hence cotton and linen are the best raw materials for this embroidery) in order to stitch geometric shapes with silk-thread. The work is done in a sitting position with the embroidery positioned on the top of a bended knee.
The size is a total of 16 x 22. The embroidery part is 16 x 13.5.
If you appreciate embroidery and would like to wear embroidery, or would love to make a loved one a shirt or have one made, this might be for you.
Please note that the first 4 photos most accurately portrait the real color of the piece ~ not sure why the next one turned out such a different color ~~ puzzling.
Also, please note that the last three images are of the BACK of the embroidery (so you can see the work that was involved in creating this.
Typically, these were embroidered first, then a shirt made around this front neck piece.