Length of silk ribbon (hashiya). Gold-coloured silk warp and weft. Central supplementary pattern band worked in red, green and blue silk flanked by narrow white and red silk stripes. Blue silk border with red stitching along one side, traces of blue stitching and red silk strip along other side. Both ends of ribbon are rolled and have hand-stitched hems.
- Made in: Mahdia (?)
- Found/Acquired: Mahdia (?)
- Length: 220 centimetres
- Width: 10.5 centimetres
Such ribbons are woven by two men using a draw loom; one weaver operates the supplementary heddles to form the central pattern band while the other weaver makes the base cloth.
Fair. Some holes and staining, one side strip missing.
This collection of hashiya (silk ribbons) was purchased by the donor's parents while they were living in Tunsia between 1921-1926.
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Object reference number: EAF81238
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