Woman's ceremonial dress - ROM2008_10042_56


Woman's ceremonial dress

Maker: Palestinian culture
Medium:Silk velvet embroidered with gold thread
Geography: Jerusalem, Israel
Date: 1880-1910
Period: Ottoman Dynasty
158 x 135 cm
Object number: 911X31.2
Not on view
DescriptionThis woman's ceremonial dress combines a Turkish fabric with a European garment style.The elaborate gold-thread embroidery on velvet was the highest fashion in Istanbul and was copied in major cities throughout the Ottoman Empire. This European-cut dress has a short bodice and long skirt with train. Specifically, there is a shirt yoke with a high round neck opening at shoulder, long straight sleeves and a full skirt with the train gathered onto the yoke. The yoke and upper side of sleeves are embroidered with flowers and leaves. The skirt is richly embroidered with large bouquets tied with bows, swags of flowers between with bouquets and wide chain border at the hem. The fancy metal-thread embroidery was applied over paper templates and cotton padding. Since many paper templates were cut at one time, the same motif, here the bows and flat flora, could easily be repeated. The pattern on the sleeves and yoke were adapted from the bow pattern.
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