A long rectangular towel, 'mantilia'; made of cotton with a twill herringbone pattern (weft dominant), 'kiparissoto'. The natural cream centre field has green bands bordered by a red band in the middle and this colouring is reversed in two narrower bands that frame it. Solid bands of colour - red, green, yellow, orange, blue and black - are worked to a depth of 24 cms approx at each end. The warp ends are plied and finished with small red, green, yellow, blue and cream tassels.
- 1900-1914 (Papademetriou, Eleni 2000: 121)
- Found/Acquired: Cyprus
- Length: 97 centimetres
- Width: 52 centimetres
'Towel, 'mantilia'. Cotton, white with red, yellow, green and blue bands of brocaded striped squares, 'moustres fakotes', and fringe of tassels on either narrow end', from: Papademetriou, Eleni (2000), Cypriot Ethnography Collections in British Museums, Nicosia, Ministry of Education and Culture: 121.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: EEU229
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