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Accession Number:1986M112.24
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.

A girdle of thick cotton with floating warp threads with an all over pattern in white, black, yellow, and red. This girdle like would have been common everyday wear throughout Palestine up to the end of the British Mandate period 1920-1948. It was made from a section of material folded diagonally, and tied once or twice round the waist. The girdle is similar to the broad sashes worn by the elite Palestinian men in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and also worn in Turkey. This use of a girdle like this would have travelled down from the foreign ruling class, to townsmen, then village men, and finally to village women.

Presented as part of the Southall Collection, 1985.

Further Information

Production Period:20th Century
Medium:Woven wool and cotton with felt ties.
Place of Origin:Palestine