The pieced bottom section (inspired by Module 1) is held on with beaded safety pins (inspired by a visit to the Zandra Rhodes exhibition); the chain (inspired by the Angela Thompson headdress, and also synonymous with Birmingham) is held down with clusters of green seed beads; bottom row from left to right; a fringe of large random pink beads & sequins; rows of green seed beads & bugle beads forming a pattern, with occasional beaded loops at the bottom; seed beads and bugle beads in a fringe decorated with bells (inspired by the Angela Thompson headdress) a lattice pattern of pink seed beads made by catching a bead from the previous row.
In June this year, Angela Thompson visited our local embroidery group with a collection of emroidered garments that she had collected on her travels around the world.
Amongst her collection was this headdress worn by the Kalash women, a tribe found in the Chitral Valley on the Pakistan/Afghan border.
The Kalasha people are a peace loving pagan tribe living in remote villages and renowned for their blue eyes and fair skin. They are said to be descendants of Alexander the Great.
I was inspired by the use of shells, bells, buttons and chains amongst the beads on the headdress and felt this would be a useful reference for my beaded sampler!