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This book looks at the intricate patterns and diverse designs of 19th and early 20th century Palestinian village costumes. Palestinian dresses, jackets, head-veils and head-dresses are made from a variety of beautiful fabrics: handwoven cotton or linen, left natural or dyed indigo-blue; and brightly coloured silks, taffetas, velvet and wool. This book examines garments which women prepared for their wedding trousseaus and festive occasions. These unique ceremonial garments are highly decorated with embroidery and patchwork in primary colours, predominately with red. Some are embroidered with geometric patterns in cross-stitch or satin-stitch in lustrous floss silk. Some are couched with intricate, curvilinear patterns in silk and metallic cord. And others are embellished with bold patches of satin and taffeta in abstract shapes. The book will describe and illustrate these diverse decorative techniques and patterns against the backdrop of traditional Palestinian village life and its ceremonies. The examples are drawn from the British Museum's outstanding collection, one of the best in the world, and include some rare and exceptionally beautiful garments.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714125732
ISBN-10: 0714125733
Format: Paperback
(225mm x 225mm x mm)
Pages: 88
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 28-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Shelagh Weir

Shelagh Weir is the former Curator for the Middle East in the Ethnography Department of the British Museum, and collected many of its Palestinian costumes. She arranged two exhibitions of Palestinian Costume at the former Museum of Mankind, and is the author of several books on Palestinian textiles, costumes and embroidery.

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