Outfit of a Jewish woman from Gabès

UnknownEarly 20th century

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

A distinctive element of this winter outfit is the wrap fastened with fish-shaped fibulae, worn over an embroidered blouse. The hips were accentuated by a belt, and the head was covered with a scarf, adorned with amulet patterns. Scarves marked a married woman, forming part of her dowry. B63.10.2403; B63.10.2414; B63.10.2420–21; B63.10.2657; B63.11.2965

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  • Title: Outfit of a Jewish woman from Gabès
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Early 20th century
  • Location Created: Tunisia
  • Provenance: The Zeyde Schulmann Collection in the Israel Museum Gift of Elisheva Ballhorn, Tiberias
  • Type: Blouse Wrap (melhafe) Fibulae (tchlal) Silver, pierced Scarf (tarf) Decorative braids (tmayem) Belt (hzam)
  • Photographer: (C) Eli Posner
  • Medium: Blouse Cotton crochet on cotton fabric Sleeves: tulle embroidered with cotton thread, sequins Wrap (melhafe) Wool Fibulae (tchlal) Silver, pierced Scarf (tarf) Wool and silk, silk-thread embroidery, braided silk cord trimming, silk tassels Decorative braids (tmayem) Braided wool, beads, and silver pendants Belt (hzam) Wool
  • Bibliographic References: Juhasz, Esther (ed.), The Jewish Wardrobe from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 5 Continents Editions, Milan and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2012


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