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Young woman of Bethlehem in costume, c.1890-1900

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posted on 31.05.2019, 07:58 by Freja Howat-Maxted, Leila Sansour, Jacob Norris
This is a digital reproduction of an image held within the Library of Congress.

The young woman pictured is wearing dress unique to Bethlehem. Her cone-shaped headdress (shatweh) was worn in Bethlehem by married women and is lined with rows of coins, beads and coral, to symbolise the family wealth. The embroidered scarf covering the shatweh is of 19th century design. The short jacket (taqsireh) worn over a long sleeved, heavily embroidered dress with a chest panel is customary to the area. Bethlehem was one of the most famous centres for embroidery in Palestine, with its dresses produced in linen and silk.

The image is part of the Bethlehem Women collection within the Library of Congress project of the Planet Bethlehem archive.

History

Date

c.1890-1900

Type

1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color.

Source

Library of Congress, Views of the Holy Land in the Photochrom print collection

Spatial

31.7053996,35.1936877

Spatial Relation

Bethlehem

Identifier

pb_lc_bwo_c18900000-0010aa.tiff

Rights

Library of Congress. No known restrictions on publication.

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