Woman's marriage or ceremonial veil

CULTURE:
Amazigh, (Berber), Ida ou Zeddoute peoples
DATE:
1900–1930
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General Description

Women among the Ida ou Nadif and Ida ou Zeddoute peoples of North Africa wear dye-decorated headcloths on special occasions. The rectangular or roughly U-shaped patterns, created by tying the cloth and dyeing it with henna, appear tan, reddish brown, and bluish black on a natural ground. Patterns called mirrors are believed to protect the wearer against the evil eye. The cloth is draped so that the dramatic pattern cascades down the wearer's back.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 246-247.

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