This square cloth piece, embroidered with a geometric deisgn, is a pouch. It is used to hold personal belongings such as jewellery and other valuables and possibly a talisman. Pouches such as these are folded into an envelope shape, sewn on three sides with the fourth side being the flap that would close the 'envelope'. The embroidery is extremely fine, consisting of silk thread on a cotton foundation.This type of embroideries comes from the region of southwest Pakistan, a region presently known as Baluchistan. The area is inhabited by a number of different tribal groups, loosely grouped under the tribal appellation of 'Baluch', whose cousins or family inhabit the regions of southeast Persia (Iran) known as Sistan province.These hand-embroidered objects from the Baluchistan area are important for both the craft of needlework and the motifs. That they were meant for personal use and as ornamentation show the distinct aesthetic taste of the people. The objects, made by women, and the possible transference of such knowledge and skill over generations indicate the significance of female labour in the household.

Southwest Pakistan
Object size: 19 x 16.5 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Mr. Thomas Cole
Garments and Accessories