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Headrope Aqal

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1986M112.164
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 head rope also known as an aqal is made of heavy twisted cords of wollen, bound in intervals with a gold metal thread. It is worn double around the head over a headscarf known as a kafiyyeh or hatta, with the tail or narrow cording hanging down the back. The kafiyyeh or hatta is usually folded diagonally to form a triangle. It is then placed in the head over a skullcap or araqiyyeh, with the sides falling in the shoulders and the corners over the back. It is then secured on the man's head by an aqal.

Presented as part of the Southall Collection, 1985.

Further Information

Production Period:20th Century
Medium:Wool, gold metal thread and cord.
Material(s):Yellow metal
Place of Origin:Palestinian


Height:122 cm