This stunning and fine hand embroidered purse from Baluchistan in Pakistan is called a "bushkiri" and would be used for storing or carrying valuables and bridal dowry gifts, jewellery etc. Worked most probably by a young girl or her female relatives for her trousseau (which could take many years to complete all the items for the marriage!)


This is a delicate combination of satin stitch and brick stitch in silk thread, the embroidered patterns are medallion, diamond and chevron combined with continuous zigzag forms. Tassels, braided cord, plastic beads and metal-wrapped thread with the interior lined in red printed cotton. Condition is excellent, estimated age mid to late 20th century. Lined with block printed cotton. 23 x 24cms when closed

Baluch fine hand embroidered dowry bag