Sample of local Tunsian wool yarn used for making chechias. Wound around a pink plastic cone.
- Made in: TunisiaTunis
- Found/Acquired: Tunisia, Tunis
- Height: 18 centimetres (cone)
- Width: 7 centimetres (cone)
Eth.Doc.362. This is a sample of the local Tunisian yarn used by women to make the baggy hats (kabbus) that form the first stage of chechia manufacture. The wool is spun by women from Jerba Island and the town of Gafsa who are renowned for their speed and dexterity. Many processes are involved in making chechias. Initially, women knit baggy hats, they are then fulled (washed in hot water, rotated and pressed) by men to shrink them and to compress the wool. They are then carded to raise the nap (pile). They are subsequently dyed and while still damp are shaped into skull-caps.
This fieldwork collection was purchased, together with Af1998,02-03, using British Petroleum sponsorship in February-March 1998.
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