Africa | Gorgeous antique Bedouin burqu's or burqa from Sinai, in Egypt, most probably from al-Arish region. First half of the 20th century but probably used later too. A very interesting sample, mixing old Islamic and some Israelis coins. Some are very old ( from the Ottoman period ) and in silver, the others are more recent and made up with mixed metals. The chains are in non-precious metals. | See similar samples in " Enchanted Jewelry of Egypt " by Azza Fahmy, p.102--105.
Object Name: Purse Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan People: Baluch Period: Mid 20th century Date: 1940 - 1950 Dimensions: L 16.5 cm x W 11 cm Materials: Cotton; metal bead Techniques: Plain woven; embroidered; beaded; pompom ID Number: T94.1153 Credit: From the Opekar / Webster Collection. Canadian Textile Museum.
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Wedding Jacket, China, mid 20th century, rayon, metal fastener, metal sequin, glass bead. The extensive bead embroidery on this woman’s two-piece suit is reminiscent of the hand-sewn embellishment found in European couture. It echoes the symbolic designs of imperial dragon robes, with dragons, birds and phoenixes floating in the air above borders of stripes and flowers. The metal zipper on the jacket is a modern and somewhat discordant finishing touch.