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Belt Kamr

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1986M112.42
Collection:Applied Art - Costume
Date:1920 c - 1920 c


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 tablet woven men's belt or kamr has a changing geometric pattern throughout the length between borders of green, yellow, blue, cream, red and black. Belts of this type were normally worn by villagers in the late 19th century, woven in Syria, and had leather trimmings and buckle fastenings. There was a ceremonial version of this belt which would have been embroidered in Hebron.

Presented as part of the Southall Collection, 1985.

Further Information

Production Period:20th Century
Medium:Woven cotton (possibly tablet woven) and wool.
Place of Origin:Palestine


Height:300 cm
Width:9.5 cm