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Village woman's dress (thob) with narrow sleeves made of indigo dyed cotton and linen, black coloured cotton and blue/purplish coloured cotton and embroidered on the chest panel (qabeh) side panels (banayeq) sleeves (kmam) and back of skirt with cross-stitch in shades of peach and pink floss silk thread. The yoke is made of a peach coloured satin silk and edged where it meets the chest panel, like the back hem with zigzag applique (tishrim). The cuffs are made of machine embroidered satin silk and indigo dyed cotton. The side panels are also embroidered with connecting stitch (manajel) and hem is reinforced with fishbone stitch. The dress has been made up of several recycled pieces; it is well worn, darned and patched with embroidered patches in several places.
- Production date
- Late 19th century - early 20th century
Length: 144 centimetres
Width: 116 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Text from Weir 1989:122:
The embroidery is, unusually, entirely in red.
Text from Weir 2006:53: Dress 'thob', South-west costal plain, late 19th or early 20th Century. the fabric of indigo-blue cotton has cross stitch embroidery in orangery-red silk. The festive dresses of the villages near Gaza were notable for the huge chevrons and 'cypress tree' motifs with which they were decorated.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1989-1991, London, Museum of Mankind, 'Palestinian Costume'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by Shelagh Weir (BM Ethnography Dept. staff) at the American Colony Hotel, Jerusalem.
- Middle East
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