Indian pesh kabz dagger, presented during the Prince of Wales’s Indian tour of 1875-6, with a blade of exceptional accomplishment, wootz steel, with a single polished edge and with two etched shallow grooves flanking a drilled bore in four sections which are filled with loose seed pearls and would obviously have certain practical limitations and it must be seen instead as an exercise in master bladesmithing. The Royal Collection.
Nadia Ellahi, a relatively young designer in the broad landscape of luxury couture has seen more selling power than even some of the most established luxury name boutiques around. The label carries a strong sense of identity and from her private studio based in Karachi, draws in some of the most fashionable style connoisseurs from […]
Chilta hazar masha (Coat of a thousand nails), bazu band (arm guards), zirah pajama (mail trousers), dhal (shield). Indian armored clothing made from layers of fabric faced with velvet and studded with numerous small brass nails, which were often gilded. Fabric armor was very popular in India because metal became very hot under the Indian sun. Stibbert Museum, Florence Italy.
Indo-Persian armor / Indian chilta hazar masha (coat of a thousand nails), armored clothing made from layers of fabric faced with velvet and studded with numerous small brass nails, which were often gilded, and Ottoman style chichak helmet which was originally worn by cavalry of the Ottoman Empire, dastana (arm guards) and katar (push dagger). Fabric armor was very popular in India because metal became very hot under the Indian sun. This example has additional armor plates in the chest, arm…