Woman's dress (thawb saat or thawb harir) - 986.293.2_1

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Woman's dress (thawb saat or thawb harir)

Maker: Palestinian culture
Medium:Cotton satin and silk warp-faced tabby with supplementary warp patterning, embroidered with silk and gilt thread
Geography: Made in the Bethlehem area of Israel
Date: 1935
Object number: 986.293.2
Credit Line: GIFT OF RUTH ADAMS
Not on view
DescriptionTraditional Festive Dress. Cotton satin embroidered in silk; silk warp-faced tabby with supplementary warp patterning; embroidered with silk and gilt thread in couching, satin stitch and cross stitch. Similar but distinctive dresses with colourful embroidery were worn from Turkey to Egypt. Identifying features include the garment cut, pattern location, designs, stitches, and colours. This dress is closely related to the famous Bethlehem style, admired for its couched gilt-thread and silk-cord embroidery. This is one of few datable Palestinian dresses: it was new in 1935 when a Palestinian girl allowed her brother to give her new dress to the Canadian donor in the (unfulfilled) hope of marrying her.
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