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Basic Information

Accession Number:1986M112.57
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 woven cotton red and yellow striped head cloth known as a laffeh, with long plated tassels attached to the rolled hem at each end. This head cloth is a good example of what was worn by men as a turban around the end of the twentieth century. The turban or laffeh was usually made from Syrian fabrics, striped or sometimes checked in a range of different colours, and with a tasselled fringe on two edges. A plain white cloth was wrapped around the tarbush, a man's small felt hat, to protect the laffeh from sweat. Then the laffeh was wrapped around the tarbush leaving the crown exposed.

Presented as part of the Southall Collection, 1985.

Further Information

Production Period:20th Century
Medium:Woven cotton.
Place of Origin:Palestine


Height:103.5 cm
Width:110 cm