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  • Description

    Length of silk ribbon (hashiya). Beige and white silk warp and weft. Central supplementary pattern band worked in red and blue silk flanked by narrow beige and white silk stripes. Traces of red stitching and blue silk strip along one side. One end of ribbon is rolled and has hand-stitched hem, other end is cut off unevenly.


  • Date

    • 20thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 103 centimetres
    • Width: 8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    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.

  • Condition

    Fair. Several small holes. Side strips are missing.

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  • Acquisition notes

    This collection of hashiya (silk ribbons) was purchased by the donor's parents while they were living in Tunsia between 1921-1926.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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