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Brides traditionally concealed their faces during their weddings and afterward as newly married women and on special occasions. This elaborate type, which includes a cotton netting rectangle that permitted vision, was only worn by Tajik Turkmen. The decoration features motifs that can be interpreted as birds or palmette leaves in a style that characterizes early Islamic art and that may have originated in Iran.

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  • Title: Wedding Veil
  • Date Created: 1800s
  • Physical Dimensions: Average: 76.2 x 75.6 cm (30 x 29 3/4 in.)
  • Type: Textile
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.1235
  • Medium: silk, cotton, embroidery
  • Department: Textiles
  • Culture: Tajikistan, Tajik tribe, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade
  • Collection: T - Islamic
  • Accession Number: 1916.1235

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