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Flat, embroidered cover, shaped to fit a bicycle seat. It is constructed from silk textile, which is profusely embroidered in chain stitch with orange and dark red silk or rayon floss, using a meandering pattern. A large, multi-coloured, hooked sun disc motif appears in the center. Metallic gold braid is used to outline the central design field. The embroidery is backed with red cotton textile.

History Of Use

Used to cover a bicycle seat.

Specific Techniques

chain stitch

Iconographic Meaning

The sun disc in the center could indicate that the maker wanted to incorporate an element from the natural environment that represents life-giving forces. Meandering lines of the designs are thought to entangle evil spirits and protect the user from harm. The embroidered designs are typical of Pashtun style. Beaded discs, like the ones that decorate this piece, are widely used in area and have a long history. Examples have been found in ancient burials.

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