Uzbek Embroidered Hair Cover, Central Asia, 19th C., 8” (at the widest part) x 1’ 11”

A rare and unusual cross stitch hair cover to be attached to the back of a head dress or hat, used to cover the hair, hanging down the back of a woman.   The geometric design is an eye dazzler, as one’s vision alternates between the cruciform motif in alternating white, yellow and purple colors (it is unclear if that purple is a natural dye) and the ‘X’ form in red situated within a star shape.  

It is backed with a  piece of silk ikat, which appears to be contemporaneous with the embroidery, ie. late 19th century.  The condition is good, with no holes, stains or repair.

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