Embroidered woman’s tunic made up of 8 panels of cloth, hand woven and indigo-dyed, stitched together partly by hand and partly by machine. The chest panel, qabbeh, is covered in front with embroidery mostly in brown and pink, with some orange, mint green and purple and is formed of a cloth also covering the upper back part. A skirt panel below the qabbeh at the front has a vertical strip of embroidery at each side. The skirt is widened by two triangular panels running from below the arms to the hem, front and back, each also edges with a vertical strip of embroidery. Each arm is formed of a rectangular length of cloth with a strip of similar embroidery running along the top from shoulder to cuff, the cuffs being covered with embroidery. The lower back panel has two embroidered strips running all the way down and is heavily embroidered in the lower part, with a row of cypress motifs, saru, along the upper edge of the embroidery. Israel.

a shawl would have fallen over the centre of the back, hence the sparse decoration

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