- Museum number
(a) Man's skull-cap (chechia) made of wool, dyed dark burgundy, with a short thick stalk inserted through the centre, sewn to secure. The interior of the chechia is lined with salmon-pink synthetic material; underneath the lining is a paper label printed in green and white with the name and address of the manufacturer. There is also a brown plastic headband inside the chechia; decorated with a narrow pink synthetic ribbon machine-stitched to the band with black cotton. 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. Printed plastic bag (c) with white and green printed name and address of maker in Arabic and English.
- Production date
Diameter: 19.50 centimetres (chechia)
Height: 8 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 dark burgundy, a colour used for chechias exported to Nigeria. 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): good; slight tear at one end.
- 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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