NA118 – Exceptional Berber handira, women’s cape, Abel Telt or Abel Taida people, Beni Ouarain people, Middle Atlas mountains, Morocco, early to mid C20th. Wool, cotton. Size: 94 inches x 35 inches, 239 cm x 89 cm. Condition is excellent.
Fine woman’s cape from the Abel Telt or Abel Taida people, a sub group of the Beni Ouarain. Elaborate brocaded bands on the front face form raised tufted bands on the reverse adding warmth to the heavy cloak. The patterns in the bands show bilateral symmetry around the wider central band. Two braided cords were used to secure the cape around the wearer’s neck. This is a fine example of a rare style. . See Payder (below, 188) for a similar piece in the collection of Indianapolis Museum of Art.
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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