Sometimes identified with Afghan royalty, this boot, worn in the Chamba region, contrasts a sturdy, stacked leather sole with a delicate fan-shaped forepart and cut-work designs in natural and coloured leather.Ceremonial leather boot with gold thread embroidery over coloured underlay.Leather, textile, metallic threadGilgit, 19th centuryP83.194
Sometimes identified with Afghan royalty, this boot, worn in the Chamba region, contrasts a sturdy, stacked leather sole with a delicate fan-shaped forepart and cut-work designs in natural and coloured leather.
Ceremonial leather boot with gold thread embroidery over coloured underlay.
Leather, textile, metallic thread
Gilgit, 19th century
P83.194

Diversity and Continuity

Footwear of the Northwest Frontier

Many footwear types are worn in the remote high mountain valleys, which mark the western extension of the Himalayas. Rough terrain and harsh climate make transportation and communication between communities difficult, resulting in highly specialized and regionally distinct footwear.
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