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A Tunisian woman’s wedding dress was her most elaborate garment. It was worn with a headdress, pants, and finely decorated slippers. In this example, the central panel is embroidered using silver- and gold-wrapped threads and embellished with metallic sequins.
The patterns decorating this dress have important symbolism.They were thought to possess protective qualities and dispel the dangerous effects of the evil eye.
Eliza M. and Sarah L. Niblack, Indianapolis; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1933.