A traditional Palestinian Arab dress, dating from about 1960. This dress is unusual in that the basic fabric is white heavy cotton, and the dress is embroidered with multicolored flowers. The bust measurement is 36" and the length from shoulder is 52". It is an A-line shape.
These dresses were worn in the Middle East through the middle of the last century, and still are worn in some smaller communities. Palestinian clothing has its origins in ancient Middle Eastern dress, and was particularly know for the rich and varied embroidery which reflected the wearer's wealth and status.
This dress would have been the every-day wear of an average village woman. The embroidery sections are in a traditional pattern. The flowers are embroidered by "guided machine", and every dress of this style was slightly different. Nearly all Palestinian dresses had a black or dark background, white is rarely seen.
The dress is used, but in overall good vintage condition. It does show wear a few stains and a small torn area under one armpit. It is handmade and very attractive, despite the signs of use. The dress is wearable, but probably more suited for display rather than everyday wear.
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