NA119 – Fine Berber handira, women’s cape, Beni Ouarain people, Middle Atlas mountains, Morocco, early C20th. Wool, cotton. Size: 82 inches x 34 ½ inches, 209 cm x 89 cm. Condition is excellent.
Elaborate brocaded bands on the front face form raised tufted bands on the reverse adding warmth to the heavy cloak. Subtle variations in the designs mean that none of the multiple bands are repeated. Two braided cords were used to secure the cape around the wearer’s neck. This is a notably fine example. See Payder (below, 187) for a similar piece in the collection of Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the attached watercolour from Costumes du Maroc by Jean Besancenot (Edisud, 2000) for a related garment in use.
Marie-Rose Rabaté & Frieda Sorber, Berber Costumes of Morocco: Traditional Patterns, (ACR Paris, 2007)
Niloo Paydar & Ivo Grammet eds. The Fabric of Moroccan Life( Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2002)
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