In the past, the underarm gusset of a Tajik woman’s dress was made of a different color. Even dresses made of expensive fabrics sometimes had random pieces of additional patches, although they were not necessary.

Dress and pants with Tajik kurak (patchwork) elements
circa
1930
1970
Possibly made in
Afghanistan or Pakistan
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IQSCM, Gift of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation
2014.058.0003