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Headscarf or Veil

A work made of wool, plain weave; resist dyed; corner cut tassels; wrapped and buttonhole-stitched ends.

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  • A work made of wool, plain weave; resist dyed; corner cut tassels; wrapped and buttonhole-stitched ends.

Date:

Early 20th century

Artist:

Ida ou Nadif
Anti-Atlas Mountains region, Morocco

About this artwork

Through the 20th century, rural women of the Anti-Atlas mountain region of Morocco wore veils like this design over their heads, secured with a headband for warmth; now for special occasions only. The Ida ou Nadif and other Imazighen (Berber) people believe that natural materials and substances are infused with baraka, or blessed virtues. The woven wool of this veil, the wood of the loom used to make it, and herbs cultivated for the dyes, especially henna, are all linked to protective spiritual functions.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Culture

Ida Ou Nadif

Title

Headscarf or Veil

Place

Morocco (Object made in)

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Made 1901–1950

Medium

Wool, plain weave; resist dyed; corner cut tassels; wrapped and buttonhole-stitched ends

Dimensions

174 × 106.8 cm (68 1/2 × 42 in.)

Credit Line

Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

2002.268

Extended information about this artwork

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