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Man's skull-cap (chechia) made of wool, dyed deep red, with a short stalk inserted through the centre, sewn to secure. Attached is a long, black silk thread tassel. Maker's mark inside chechia embroidered in white cotton thread. This chechia is used for ceremonial occasions.
- Production date
Diameter: 19 centimetres
Height: 11 centimetres
Length: 50 centimetres (tassel)
- Curator's comments
- This is a premier quality chechia made from Australian merino wool. It has been dyed dark red, a colour favoured by men from Tunis and the northern coastal regions. Chechias of this type with a long silk tassel are worn on ceremonial occasions such as weddings or at special festivals. 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)
- Acquisition date
- 1998 (9 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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