Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner
Attire of a woman from Iraqi Kurdistan
Early 20th century

The dominant colors of Jewish clothing in Iraqi Kurdistan were violet and green. Women wore a dress, overbodice, coat, trousers, and a wrap. The sleeves of the dress were particularly long, as they had triangular additions at their ends that protruded from under the coat, giving it a winged effect. The triangles were knotted at the nape and were let down during dances.

Coat
Silk

Dress
Silk

Married woman’s wrap (charuk)
Cotton satin, silk-thread embroidery

Head kerchief
Silk


Purchased through the gift of Joseph Boxenbaum, Herzliya
Accession number: B67.0374, B77.0095, B76.0141, B79.0669
 
 


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