Shatweh (Married Woman’s Headdress) Adorned with Bride Wealth Coins, Palestinian Costumes, the Bethlehem area, or Beit-Jala, Old Palestine-The Ottoman Period, Circa 1930s.

Identification Number: 510



The tall narrow cone shaped crown embroidered with strips the front hung with silver and gilt coins.

Silk with metal thread and couched embroidered work featuring silver and gilt coin and corals on the cotton and wool grounds.


The height.18 cm
Diameter of the top 9.5 cm * 8 cm.
Diameter of the Base 15 cm * 11 cm.


Very Good, some wear and tear, fabric loss on the top, tarnished silver coins and moth bites on the wool.


For an identical Shatweh please see the following
Embroidering Identities, A Century of Palestinian Clothing, By Iman Saca in Collaboration with Maha Saca, The Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago, 2006, ISBN: 1-885923-49-X.
Lot catalogued on page 27.

For other similar Shatwas please see
Costumes from the Arab World in the Taraq Rajab Museum in Kuwait, by Jehan S. Rajab, Published by Unigraphics Advertising Est., Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2002, ISBN 9948-8514-0-4. Please see item exhibited on page 34.

The Art of Palestinian Embroidery by Leila El Khalidi, British Library, 1999, ISBN 0 86356 038 5 (PBK), Saqi Books, London UK.

For Almost an identical dress please see
Palestinian Costumes, by Shelagh Weir, Published For The Trustees Of The British Museum, By British Museum Publications, 1989, ISBN: 0-7141-1597-5.

Please see various types of Palestinian Shatwehs lots catalogued on page 180-182. Also the photo illustrated on page 170.

For another similar Shatwa and other Palestinian Embroideries please see the collection of the Museum of the International Folk Art exhibited at the University of New Mexico –USA, Exhibition December 2010-August 2011.

For another similar Shatwa and other Palestinian Embroideries please see the collection of the Australia Museum of the