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Basic Information

Accession Number:1986M112.45
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.

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.

Presented as part of the Southall Collection, 1985.

Further Information

Production Period:19th/20th Century
Medium:Woven wool and cotton (tablet woven) in dark red, green, black and yellow.
Place of Origin:Palestine


Height:159 cm
Width:8.5 cm