Embroidered Womens Fabric, Derfudit Covering [Siwa Oasis]
Completely unique to Siwa Oasis. Derfudit shawls are always made of blue and white cotton and embroidered with nylon thread (traditionally silk). New versions are made today for sale to tourists. I however hunted high and low for the best authentic piece I could find. This striking textile is totally versatile and can be used on a bed, table or wall.
Vintage 20th century textile
Unique 1 of a kind handmade item
- Item in good vintage condition (minor holes & pulled threads)
- Fabric is woven cotton with silky nylon embroidery
- Dry-clean only
- Already washed for you
- Single sided
- Culturally significant (part of The British Museum collection)
- Length- 198cm (78 inch's)
- Width- 174cm (68.5 inch's)
- Weight- 0.7kgs (1.5lbs)
This type of shawl is a married-woman's modesty garment which is used uniquely in Siwa Oasis for women to cover themselves, when they leave the house. The cotton fabric is woven in Kerdassa, Egypt, far to the east near Giza, and then transported along the desert caravan route (now highway) to Siwa, where the embroidered decoration is added by women locally.
The first shawl is made for the bride by the women in the groom's family. The embroidered band is broad, approximately 10-15 cm wide and the embroidery is lavish. As time passes, the band grows narrower and the time spent doing the embroidery diminishes. Old women carry a band of only a couple of centimeters.
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