headdress

Bride's headdress, saukele. Turkoman. Framework probably of basketry, covered with coarse brown fabric to which it is stitched in regular rows of tacking. The outer part is covered with red fabric and then entirely covered in rows of embossed discs at the top and rows of diamond shaoed embossed plaques joined together below. Above the forehead a row of pendant metal lozenge shapes. Further pendants hang from chains around the top, which is surmounted by a dome above which is a finial terminating in a plaque with 8 petal shapes from each of which hangs another pendant on a chain. A coloured glass imitation jewel at each of the four sides of the dome. To either side of the front of the hat is a decorative metal plaque with red glass imitation jewels from which hang further plaques and pendants with similar jewels. Behind these to each side is a hanging flap of green cloth onto which have been stitched rows of embossed discs, lined with printed floral cloth; at the lower edge a strip of braid and russet tassels most terminating in a bead. Behind the flaps at the side sof the rear are pendant elements fromed of many coloured lengths of twisted and wrapped threads, ending in tassels. At the centre rear is a further cloth flap lined with printed striped cloth and embellished on the outside with embroidery and vertical rows of embossed discs, the edge trimmed with similar discs. From the lower edge of the flap hang four tassels out of which emerge further strings of beaded tassels, terinating with further coloured beaded tassels.

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