Sample of imported single-ply Australian merino wool used in the manufacture of chechias (men's skull-caps).
- Made in: TunisiaTunis
- Found/Acquired: Tunisia, Tunis
- Height: 25 centimetres
- Width: 9 centimetres (ball)
- Length: 13 centimetres (ball)
Eth.Doc.362. This wool would have been used to make first or premier quality chechias (men's skul-caps). 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.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF66928
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