Boy’s waistcoat made of handloom coarse black cotton and embroidered all over with silk chain stitch embroidery. In addition the jacket is decorated profusely with a variety of metal, mother of pearl and plastic buttons, a fringe of beads and the teeth of a metal zip at the collar.
This is a wonderful example of the embellished clothing found in the Indus Kohistan region of Pakistan. It is unusual in that it is embroidered predominately with chain stitch and basket stitch and differs stylistically from the denser more geometric embroidery known to this region. There is a comparable piece in the V&A collection IS 3-1997, but even this does not have the exuberance of this waistcoat.