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Thob from the Gaza/ Isdud region

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 21.07.2006:

This dress is made of Majdal woven cotton material with orange, purple and green stipes of silk and cotton; this material is known as abu hizz ahmar. There are ‘cypress tree’ (saru) and ‘arch’ patterns. The patterns between the ‘arches’ are ‘cushions’ (mehkeddah) and ‘combs’ (mushut). They are all arranged in the typical manner of the region.Gaza was probably an old centre of weaving. Gauze, (gazzatum in mediaeval Latin), the very thin transparent material woven of silk or cotton, is reputed to have originated there- hence its name.

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