Hazara dress and embroidery from Afghanistan

See these recent acquisitions of dress and textiles made in Afghanistan.

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  • Tuesday, 16 April 2024 – Tuesday, 15 April 2025

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery

  • Free event

Hazara dress and embroidery from Afghanistan photo

Afghanistan has always been home to many peoples and cultures. The Hazara people speak Hazaragi, a language related to Persian, and make up the third largest ethnic group in the country. In the past, they lived in many areas of Afghanistan. But today, many have been displaced and they continue to face persecution. In the face of hostility, embroidery and dress help to maintain a sense of communal identity for the Hazara people, both in Afghanistan and among diaspora communities. The vibrant examples in this display reveal the technical and design skills of the Hazara dressmakers and embroiderers.

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Header image: Hazara dress and embroidery from Afghanistan (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London