Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Mauro Magliani
Moroccan woman’s outfit
Tafilalet region
First half of the 20th century

The red fabric of the tunic and the silk embroidery on its front and sleeves distinguished Jewish women’s dress in the Tafilalet region. The women would wrap a fabric over their tunic and fasten it with pins. The distinctive head covering of married women, the grun (“horns”), was an elaborate construction demanding much expertise to fit and adjust. On the eighth day of wedding celebrations, a married woman would put the grun on the new bride, who would thereafter do it herself every morning. It was believed that this head covering would ensure her a long and happy marriage.

Garments:
Cotton and silk

Jewelry:
Silver and gilt silver


Gift of Raphael Benazeraf, Paris
Gift of Baroness Alix de Rothschild, Paris
Extended loan from Musée de l’Homme, Paris
Accession number: B71.0024, L-B73.0079-0080, B72.0672
 
 


Publications:
Juhasz, Esther (ed.), The Jewish wardrobe from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 5 Continents Editions, Milan and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2012

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir