Afghanistan- Vintage Textile Remnant, Dress Yoke, Item 8
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Afghanistan- Vintage Textile Remnant, Dress Yoke, Item 8


Afghan Tribal Arts has been importing from Afghanistan and the region since the 1980’s. The focus is on vintage textiles and tribal jewelry as well as new gemstone beads made for jewelry designers. Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to our shop there where you can see what is currently in stock.


Dimensions: 8″ wide (below neckline) x 9″ long
Metric: 20 x 23 cm

This is a reclaimed textile piece from Afghanistan. It was part of a dress. Traditional Pashtun (the largest ethnic minority group of Afghanistan) have a yoke under the neckline from which gathered, long panels of fabric flow. Sleeves are normally wide, and they wear matching cuffed pants underneath. The garments are decorated with embroidery at the yoke, the collar, the bottom of the sleeves and the cuff of the pants. When a garment wears out, they remove the embroidered areas and re-use them in a new piece, so several generations might share some of the original outfit.

This yoke has at its centerpiece a poinsettia flower embroidered in cross stitch with silk floss. Then the top and sides are embroidered with metallic threads. This yoke has a back panel as well, a purple velvet fabric.

This insert would fit a child’s dress.

Estimated age: 1930’s. The piece appears to be completely hand stiticed. Wear is a part of its history. The remnant can be gently hand washed and pressed before use. Incorporate into other projects that need a focal point. It would also look great on a small stand (decorative candle holders might work) as a piece with ethnographic interest.

Folkwear sells historical and ethnic patterns and they have a dress pattern from Afghanistan that would work well with this yoke:


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