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Basic Information

Accession Number:1986M112.43
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.

Coats, coat-dresses and dresses were rarely worn without a belt or a girdle such as this one. The way they were worn and the material they were made of were an indicator of status and of regional identity.This is a man's belt made of woven cotton and finished off with leather fastenings.

Presented as part of the Southall Collection, 1985.

Further Information

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


Height:152 cm
Width:9.5 cm