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  • Ensemble, late 19th–early 20th century
    Palestinian
    Silk, wool, metallic thread
    Gift of Miss Irene Lewisohn and Mrs. Alice Lewisohn Crowley, 1939 (C.I.39.91.14a–f)

    Fine embroidery with intricate motifs rendered in infinite rows of tiny cross-stitch has long been an important decorative device in traditional Palestinian dress. In the past, Palestinian girls were expected to master the art of embroidery from an early age since, according to one source, "A prospective bride was assessed not only on her general character ... her embroidery was examined and commented upon, for its execution revealed her personality."

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  • Ensemble, late 19th–early 20th century
    Palestinian
    Silk, wool, metallic thread
    Gift of Miss Irene Lewisohn and Mrs. Alice Lewisohn Crowley, 1939 (C.I.39.91.14a–f)

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