bride's garment

 
Nationality
Tunisian
Creation date
Materials
silk and cotton satin, cotton twill embroidered with silk, metallic thread and sequins
Dimensions
49 x 46 1/4 in.
Credit line
The Eliza M. and Sarah L. Niblack Collection
Accession number
33.313
Collection
Not Currently On View

A Tunisian woman’s wedding dress was her most elaborate garment. It was worn with a headdress, pants, and finely decorated slippers. In this example, the central panel is embroidered using silver- and gold-wrapped threads and embellished with metallic sequins.

The patterns decorating this dress have important symbolism.They were thought to possess protective qualities and dispel the dangerous effects of the evil eye.

Eliza M. and Sarah L. Niblack, Indianapolis; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1933.
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