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Headdress wuqa / wuqayeh

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1986M112.162
Collection:Applied Art - Costume
Date:1850 - 1920


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 is probably a girl's head-dress, also known as wuqa or wuqayeh. It would have been placed flat on the head and tied under the chin as a bonnet by gathering the material at the back around the hair and fastening with hair bands. The piece of red linen has been trimmed with metal amulets.

Presented as part of the Southall Collection, 1985.

Further Information

Production Period:19th/20th Century
Medium:Brown linen, cotton applique, with coins attached and silk.
Material(s):Silk velvet
Place of Origin:Palestine


Height:33 cm
Width:42 cm