man's hooded cape (akhnif)
man's hooded cape (akhnif)
man's hooded cape (akhnif)
man's hooded cape (akhnif)
man's hooded cape (akhnif)
man's hooded cape (akhnif)
man's hooded cape (akhnif)
man's hooded cape (akhnif)
man's hooded cape (akhnif)
man's hooded cape (akhnif)
man's hooded cape (akhnif)
man's hooded cape (akhnif)

man's hooded cape (akhnif)

Berber peoples

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• Capes such as this piece have been worn by Berber men for centuries.  • Garments are woven by Berber women on large looms as one single piece. The mixture of wool and goat hair would have made this cape waterproof but light enough to allow for air circulation in the hot weather.• Besides providing protection from the elements, this cloak with its large red central decoration likely was thought to protect against the dangers of the evil eye.• This cape was collected in North Africa by Indiana native Vice Admiral Albert Parker Niblack in the late 19th century.  He gave the piece to his sisters Eliza and Sarah who later donated it to the museum.

Object Information

culture
Berber peoples
creation date
19th century
materials
wool, cotton, goat hair and silk
dimensions
66 x 59 in.
accession number
33.1984
credit line
The Eliza M. and Sarah L. Niblack Collection
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors

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