Kerchief (Tensifa)

Kerchief (Tensifa)

1700-1899

Embroidery: silk, gold, and silver on linen

Overall: 241.9 x 39.4 cm (95 1/4 x 15 1/2 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.1238

Description

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 lavish, radiating gold and silver thread.

See also
Collection: 
T - Islamic
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Embroidery
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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