About this object

History of use

Blue and white embroideries are part of an ancient domestic tradition. Designs vary geographically but are constant within generations of families except for minor individual variations. Often used to decorate the bed which traditionally played a focal part in household ritual particularly at the new year when all household spirits were honored. They are family made, by women, and family owned. These embroideries were of no local commercial value.

Cultural context


Iconographic meaning

Butterfly; joy, brightness, true love.

Physical description

White pants with indigo embroidery. The pants have a wide waistband with four fabric loops. The pant legs are pleated into the waistband and the legs flare outwards. The upper inseams have a curved cutout, finished with blue bias binding. Each leg has embroidered butterfly and floral motifs. The inside is unlined.