This cross-stitched face veil is for a bride from a Bedouin tribe in Jordan (red is the color of brides!). The shiny coins are for reflecting the evil eye away. You can see Dr. Shirazi modeling it in this article on veils. Here are some closer views of the cross-stitching and coins.
This is one of a special series of posts based on the embroidery collection of Dr. Faegheh Shirazi, from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research is on “textiles, dress, gender identity discourse, and material culture in the Middle East; the meanings of veiling; rituals and rites of passage as they relate to material culture.” Over the years she has collected a number of examples of embroidery from around the world, and has very kindly allowed me to photograph them for my blog.
It makes the traditional Western white wedding dress seem a bit dull, doesn’t it!
yeah, I think bright red is a much more fun color!
Thank you for the great pictures. Red is a great color for just about anything! I love to look at embroidery from all over the world. Keep up the great work, I learned Corn Pad embroidery from across the pond! I use Q tips like Trapunto embroidery.
glad you like it 🙂
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