Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Woman's Mantle (Moucht'îya)

20th century
Tunisia, Mahdia Governorate, El Djem
El Djem
Wool, cotton, dyes
W. 45 1/2 x L. 86 1/2 in. (115.6 x 219.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Alfred L. Bush, 2009
Accession Number:
Not on view
This mantle features a particular tradition of dying and weaving developed by women in Tunisia during the first half of the twentieth century. Created by and for women, this type of mantle was an important marker of social status in the region of El Djem in Tunisia. Works of this kind were worn by married women, over the head, covering part of the face. Large enough to hide most of the body, moucht'îya were used as an over layer when stepping outside the house.
Acquired by Alfred L. Bush in 1965 in Tunis, Tunisia; Alfred L. Bush, Princeton, NJ, until 2009

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