Shepherd's Coat

shepherd's coat

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Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Shepherd's Coat
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Eastern Afghanistan or Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province
People: Nuristani or Kalash
Period: Early 20th century
Date: 1900 - 1930
Dimensions: L 84 cm x W 152 cm
Materials: Wool
Techniques: Plain woven; felted; embroidered; hand-sewn
ID Number: T90.0224
Credit: Gift of Dr. Howard Gorman

Continuous trade links Central Asia and northern Pakistan, where the valleys north of Chitral lead to passes into Afghanistan, Xinjiang (in far western China), and present-day Tajikistan (in former Soviet Central Asia). The stylized tree on this coat is evidence of such contacts as it relates to designs found in Central Asia, not South Asia.