Woman's Festive Attire from Libya

UnknownEarly to mid-20th century

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

These dress items were often part of the woman's dowry. Within the wide range of color combinations, these garments also display a number of recurrent features. The wrap, for instance, was usually decorated with vertical metal-threads strips, while the vest featured traditional symmetrical patterns embroidered in metal thread on velvet. It is important to note that at wedding ceremonies, the bride traditionally wore red garments.

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  • Title: Woman's Festive Attire from Libya
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Early to mid-20th century
  • Location Created: Tripoli, Libya
  • Provenance: Wrap (sdad) Gift of Lillo Arbib in memory of his mother Ida Arbib née Nahum Blouse (qmeja) Purchased through the gift of Bruce Kovner, New York Head-Kerchief Gift of Margalit Arbib, Tel Aviv in memory of her sister Ida Arbib, Milan Belt Extended loan from the Habib Family, Milan B79.0205; B79.0204; B84.0615, B94.0132, L-B95.0101 The vest and wrap shown here were worn by the late Ida Arbib at her wedding in Tripoli in 1910.
  • Type: Vest (fremla), Wrap (sdad), Blouse (qmeja), Head-Kerchief, Belt
  • Photographer: (C) Yair Hovav
  • Medium: Vest (fremla) Velvet silk, gilt cords, and woven ribbons Wrap (sdad) silk Blouse (qmeja) Chiffon silk Head-Kerchief Silk Belt Pierced and gilded silver