- Museum number
(a) Man's skull-cap (chechia) made of wool, dyed dark red. Inside the chechia is a maker's mark embroidered in black cotton thread. There is also a gold and red paper label with the name and address of the manufacturer. Packaging box (b) is rectangular and made of white cardboard with printed designs in red and gold; the name and address of the manufacturer are printed in Arabic and English. The chechia is folded twice lengthwise.
- Production date
Diameter: 19.50 centimetres (chechia)
Height: 7.50 centimetres (chechia)
Length: 30 centimetres (box)
Thickness: 2.50 centimetres (box)
Width: 10.50 centimetres (box)
- Curator's comments
- This is a first quality chechia made from Australian merino wool. It has been dyed dark red, a colour favoured by men from Tunis and the northern coastal region.Chechias for the local Tunsian market are folded twice lengthwise, then packed in rectangular boxes. Many processes are involved in making chechias. Initially, women knit baggy hats, these 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.
- On display (G25/dc11)
- Chechia(a): excellent. Box (b): good.
- Acquisition date
- 1998 (7 March)
- Acquisition notes
- This fieldwork collection was purchased, together with Af1998,02-03, using British Petroleum sponsorship in February-March 1998.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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