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(a) Man's skull-cap (chechia) made of wool, dyed black, with a short thick stalk inserted through the centre, sewn to secure. Inside the chechia is a maker's mark embroidered in black cotton thread. There is also a paper label printed in green and white with the name and address of the manufacturer. Packaging box (b) is square and made of white cardboard with printed designs in red and green. The manufacturer's name and address are printed in Arabic on one side and in English on the other. The chechia is folded in four.
- Production date
Diameter: 19 centimetres (chechia)
Height: 10 centimetres (chechia)
Length: 18.50 centimetres (box)
Thickness: 2.50 centimetres (box)
Width: 15.50 centimetres (box)
- Curator's comments
- This is a second quality chechia made from local Tunisian wool. It has been dyed black, a colour used for chechias exported to Tripoli in Libya. Chechias for export are folded in four then packed into square 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): good. Box (b): fair; slightly dented and torn at flaps.
- 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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