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Accession Number:1986M112.91
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 long sleeved short men's jacket or mintiyan, predominantly in red striped atlas, with small stand up collar and rope loops and knotted cotton fastenings. It is typical of a variety of men's jackets, copied from both the Turkish ruling elite and the European and British visitors, which would have been copied by urban Palestinians, then gradually reached the wealthier villagers. European fashion began to influence the towns, and it became fashionable by 1918 to wear a piece of European clothing. The European jacket became very popular during the mandate period 1920-1948, when it was adopted by all levels of society, and it eventually replaced the traditional jacket.

Presented as part of the Southall Collection, 1985.

Further Information

Production Period:20th Century
Medium:Cotton atlas, red, yellow, green, and brown wool.
Place of Origin:Palestine


Height:61 cm
Width:153 cm