Embroidered coat from the Mangal, Afghanistan/Pakistan

Embroidered coat from among the Mangal, Afghanistan/Pakistan border. Embroidered coat from among the Mangal, Afghanistan/Pakistan border. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, Leiden, acc. no. TRC 2005.0001.

The Textile Research Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands, houses a hand embroidered, cotton coat from among the Mangal, along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The coat is decorated with stylised flowers and geometric motifs, on the front and back.


The ground material of the coat is a coarsely woven cloth. The embroidery thread is dark red, made of wool. The stitches used are chain stitch and straight stitch .

The Mangal are a Pashtun tribe that lives on both sides of the modern border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

TRC online catalogue  (retrieved 26th August 2018).

WV (26th August 2018)

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