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

Overbodice
Silk, cotton, and braided silk cords

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

Head kerchief
Silk


Purchased through the gift of Joseph Boxenbaum, Herzliya
Accession number: B67.0374, B77.0095, B67.0373, 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