Bridal veil. A square of dark red velvet with a heavily embroidered motif in the bottom corner: flowers and leaves filled in with heavy gold thread; with sequins and glass beads (some tubular) in red, blue, white, green and pink. The veil is bordered with three bands (blue, green and pink) of thick thread; gold thread is oversewn to create a ‘V’-like pattern in each colour. Gold-coloured metal trefoils are pendant along the three borders surrounding the embroidered motif, with a talismanic black and white ‘eye’ bead above each trefoil. Backed with a dark red and poppy-red border and a poppy-red handle/loop. This veil is one of several used during the wedding celebration. It is folded over the left forearm such that the embroidered corner hangs down and is visible (hence no pendants on the top un-embroidered corner which is not visible to the audience). The right hand is then used to lift the veil to cover the face. See 1999.16.
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