Hooded Cloak

hooded cloak

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Object Name: Hooded Cloak
Local Name: jellaba
Place Made: Africa: North Africa, Morocco, Middle Atlas Mountains
People: Berber
Period: Early to mid 20th century
Date: 1900 - 1970
Dimensions: L 177 cm x W 160 cm
Materials: Wool
Techniques: Supplementary warp; card woven; hand-sewn
ID Number: T85.0061
Credit: Gift of Ross Winter

Hooded robes are commonly used traditional men’s outer garments in northwest Africa. Long and generous in girth, they allow for all kinds of activity while covering the body in accordance with Islamic tradition. Jellaba is worn by boys and men all around Maghreb. Wide enough to allow unrestricted movement of the hands, jellaba has openings that allow the arms to move freely for ablutions without removing the entire garment.