|Type:||Clothing - Garment|
|Place Made:||Africa: North Africa, Algeria, Kabylie region|
|Period:||Late 19th to early 20th century|
|Date:||1890 - 1930|
|Dimensions:||L 238 cm x W 143 cm|
|Techniques:||Weft-faced; interlocking tapestry woven; supplementary weft; fringed|
|Credit:||Gift of Dita Vadron|
The Kabyle Berbers of the Kabylie region of northern Algeria wove fine women’s shawls using the interlocking-tapestry technique. The shawls were woven very densely from the finest sheep wool. The undecorated, white central field, combined with asymmetrical border patterns, resulted in a dynamic composition unique to weavings from this area. Kabylie weavers used henna to achieve sepia tones, indigo for blue and cochineal for pinkish-red. Much of Algeria’s rich textile tradition has been lost in the 20th century.