The Maghreb Museum - Traditional Costumes

Fez (Morocco)

Moroccan kaftan, 1800-1850. Museum of Indiana.

In many North African countries, lavishly embroidered red or purple kaftans were worn during the wedding ceremony. The bride would have worn several layers of clothing under her kaftan. The wedding celebration often lasted seven days, and she would have had many garments to wear during the course of the celebrations. The purple velvet, fine gold thread embroidery, and beautifully finished lining of this kaftan are evidence that it belonged to a very wealthy bride. credit line Roger G. Wolcott

Hammamet (Tunisia)


The bride's costume is always embroidered, during the ceremony, the woman wears the embroidered blouse (Kadrun), adjusted by a scarf (Fouta) in red and yellow striped silk, draped at the waist as a belt. She wears above a vest (Qmejja bel Houachi) decorated with ribbons and covers her head with a headdress (Taaguiya) embroidered with an egret in the middle.


Algerian Jewish garments. ZSC Museum

"Typical garments of Algerian Jewish women until the early 20th century, showing the influence of territorial conquests, immigration, regime changes, and commerce on clothing. Such cultural influences are apparent in the rich metal-thread embroidery and its motifs, which originated in Spain, Morocco, and the Ottoman Empire. The outfit consists of a sleeveless dress, a sash, and a jacket worn underneath the dress."

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