- Museum number
Woman's belt with a silk ? warp and weft. There are two main patterns: paisley worked in gold brocade and floral/geometric worked in multicoloured silk thread. The paisley pattern covers one half of the length of the belt; the other half of the belt has alternating paisley and floral/geometric patterns. The belt begins at one end with a plain band followed by a narrow band containing the khamsa (hand) design flanked by eight-pointed stars. One side of the belt has a narrow band of alternating blue and white chevron-patterned 'braid'. The warp threads at either end of the belt are braided into a long fringe. These braids are bound at intervals with gold-covered silk thread; small sequins are attached.
- Production date
Length: 395 centimetres
Width: 18 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Belts such as this were made for ceremonial or festive occasions. They are associated with the city of Fez where they were made on draw looms by specialist weavers. Most frequently these belts were made of silk and gold or silver brocade. They were usually about 40cm wide and were worn folded in half lengthwise and wrapped several times around the waist. The patterns on both the vertical and horizontal parts of the belt varied so that different patterns could be revealed on different occasions. This example appears to be one half of such a belt.
- Not on display
- Good; the weft-faced pattern elements on the brocade sections are lifting in places.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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