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Dress

Dress

  • Place of origin:

    Morocco (MAde)
    paris

  • Date:

    1960-1980 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Guessous, Zina, born 1925 - died 1998 (Designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blue silk dress, embroidered in passementerie technique

  • Credit Line:

    Given in memory of Zina Guessous by Karima Guessous-Niard

  • Museum number:

    ME.10-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Blue silk dress with an embroidered breast piece. The embroidery on the breast piece of this dress is not traditional as such but rather a reinterpretation of the embroidery used on Jewish wedding dresses in Morocco, which often also integrated small sequins in the design, as seen in this example. This type of metal thread embroidery was a speciality of Jewish craftsmen and was used for religious covers, shoes and ceremonial dress for the henna ceremony and circumcision for young boys. The integration of small beads and pearls in the embroidery implies European influence, though the passementerie work on the edges and the buttons on the shoulders are characteristic for Moroccan handwork.

Physical description

Blue silk dress with an embroidered breast piece. The embroidery on the breast piece of this dress is not traditional as such but rather a reinterpretation of the embroidery used on Jewish wedding dresses in Morocco, which often also integrated small sequins in the design, as seen in this example. This type of metal thread embroidery was a speciality of Jewish craftsmen and was used for religious covers, shoes and ceremonial dress for the henna ceremony and circumcision for young boys. The integration of small beads and pearls in the embroidery implies European influence, though the passementerie work on the edges and the buttons on the shoulders are characteristic for Moroccan handwork.

Place of Origin

Morocco (MAde)
paris

Date

1960-1980 (Made)

Artist/maker

Guessous, Zina, born 1925 - died 1998 (Designer)

Materials and Techniques

Blue silk dress, embroidered in passementerie technique

Dimensions

Height: 160 cm

Descriptive line

Blue vegetable silk dress with embroidered breast piece, designed by Zina Guessous

Materials

Silk; Sequins; Material

Techniques

Embroidered; Sewing; Sewing; Couching

Collection

Middle East Section

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