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Vintage Afghan Ottoman 1960s Embroidered Vest Waistcoat

Vintage Afghan Ottoman 1960s Embroidered Vest Waistcoat

Regular price £165.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £165.00 GBP
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Stunning vintage rare 1960s Afghan waistcoat. 

Hand embroidered in gold thread and decorated with blue, coral, purple, turquoise and brown velvet. 

Inside zip and 4 pockets on the front.

Pit to pit: 20"
Length: 19"

Condition Report
In immaculate vintage condition

Please note colours may vary depending on your screen.

This is a vintage piece. Threads may be lose, imperfections may occur. We are always very honest with our listings and will always list any age related issues but please be aware that this waistcoat is 60 + years old.

History of Afghan Waistcoats

Waistcoats can be looked at as being a typical item of Afghan men’s wear that is often worn with a shalwar kameez (to use the general term), an outfit that consists of a long tunic and a matching pair of baggy trousers. The waistcoat may change its form depending on where it is made and when it is being worn (daily, festival, etc), and by whom.

The Afghan term for this garment, waskat, hints strongly at its English origins: was-kat = waist-coat.

So although often regarded as being ‘typical’ for the region, this garment was actually inspired by European waistcoats for men that initially appeared in India in the 18th century via the British East India Company and similar European trading companies. The wearing of waistcoats gradually moved north-westwards to Afghanistan in the 19th century; photographs of Afghan tribesmen living along the borders with the Raj, from about 1880, show men wearing a waskat.

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