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Sewing Pateh is one of the various beautiful Iranian over-sewing, which covers part or sometimes all the surface of the base material, with colored yarns, mostly wool and silk but sometimes silver and gold. This artful handicraft is a specialty of Kerman Province. The historians believe the art of sewing Pateh flourished during Safavid Dynasty. One of the oldest Patehs with a date hologram, dates back to 1859 and measures 355 x 210 cm. It represents the full time work of 16 women over a two-year period.

The cloth that is used as the base material for Pateh is called Ariz. Ariz comes in different colors, mainly white, red, yellow, green, navy blue, black, and orange with red and white being the most common.

Both original and new designs are used for sewing Pateh. The original and authentic Iranian design used is "Boteh Jegheh" or the tree of life. This is the most common design and historically used in most of the art-works, both woven and sewn. Boteh Jegheh has originally represented the Iranian Cypress tree, which has been known as the tree of life. In the shot the Patehs in orange color in the right were sewn in traditional way and you can find Boteh Jegheh design in them which somehow looks like a pear. It is also seen in the margin of the white Pateh. The blue and the dark Patehs were sewn using newer designs.

Pateh can be used for cushion cover; prayers mat; round, oval, and square table cloth; back rest cover; curtain; pillow cover; square and rectangular all purpose keepsake.

The shot was taken in a Pateh shop in the grand bazaar of Kerman . Many of them were hanged on the wall of the store.

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