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MOA: University of British Columbia


Headdress composed of a wide band and a long train. The band is decorated with two rows of cowrie shells, which are divided by rows of small red beads. Bottom edge bordered with colourful embroidery. A long train extends down from the band. At top, within beaded ovals are cowrie shells in four-sided designs. Rows of buttons, small brass bells, and circular metal discs, and vertical strings of beads alternating yellow and red or white and red. The train ends with long, dark brown woolen fringe.

  • Type of Item headdress
  • Culture Kalash
  • Material cotton fibre, shell, plastic, metal, wool fibre, dye
  • Measurements height 71.0 cm, width 26.0 cm (overall)

  • Previous Owner Imelda Phelan, Fergus MacIntosh
  • Received from Imelda Phelan, Fergus MacIntosh

  • Made in Pakistan

  • Ownership Date before November 20, 2018
  • Acquisition Date on November 20, 2018

  • Item Classes textiles
  • Condition fair
  • Accession Number 3332/0028