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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Accession Number:1986M112.86
Collection:Applied Art - Costume


The Southall Collection is a major collection of Palestinian Dress dating from 1900-1930. It includes garments and accessories worn by nomadic Bedouin people as well as men, women and children living in Ramallah and Bethlehem.

This example from the collection is an indigo women's hood with an extension for tying hair in. It is made from one piece of fabric which is stitched along the short side, and half way up the long side. The hood has zig-zag embroidery, in light blue, green, yellow, brown and black, with five plaited tassles. Buttons decorate the stitched end.

Presented as part of the Southall Collection, 1985.

Further Information

Production Period:20th Century
Medium:Indigo cotton, embroidered in coloured zig zag.
Place of Origin:Palestine


Height:69 cm
Width:20 cm