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    Woman's printed silk georgette headscarf. Transparent with a pink ground, yellow leaves and blue and white flowers. Unfinished edges. Worn with silk embroidered dress (see 2011,6013.5).

  • Date

    • 1930s
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 211 centimetres
    • Width: 109 centimetres
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  • Acquisition notes

    Presented as part of a large collection of textile items from Yemen dating from the 1930s-2005. The item was presented to Doreen Ingrams by the ruling family of Hadramawt between 1934-1944.

  • Department

    Middle East

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