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Headcover- Rashaida-Saudi Arabia

This is an extraordinary, rare beauty. The pink-salmon color is very unique. In addition to the elaborate silver bead embroidery, it features as well some glass embroidery and colorful weaving... Very special! Same as the other Rashaida head covers, it is very heavy, due to the silver embroidery.
The seller had another, similar one but not in such a good condition as this piece...

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Comment by Betty on March 21, 2017 at 11:47

Dear Peter, what a great find. I love your Rashaida collection and this one is a most wonderful addition. Congratulations! Best wishes, Betty

Comment by Peter Hoesli on March 3, 2017 at 16:50
Dear Thelma; Many thanks for your comments. Yes, the antique Rashaideh fabrics are usually having silver beads embroidered. I have simpler ones, which have however, still silver beaded frames. They use also glass beads, weavings, shells, etc.. I have a very old child head cover, a true museum piece, which is beautifully embroidered with silver beads, featuring however also crosses at the back, which have been filled with silver and gold mesh - very unusual. With kind regards. Peter
Comment by Thelma on March 3, 2017 at 16:15

Dear Peter, this is very special. I wasn't able to see the beads at first - until I used the Full Size button. Are all the Rashaida head covers embroidered in beads...not just stitches as in other embroidery?  Very beautiful.

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