Embroidery: silk on linen tabby ground
Overall: 260.4 x 40.6 cm (102 1/2 x 16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1237
This beautiful kerchief, worn wrapped around the head, was part of elegant bathing equipment that well-to-do women wore while relaxing in a hammam after bathing. The floral and foliate embroidery reflect a fashion that lasted for more than a century. This example is dominated by brilliant crimson and blue silk stitches.
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