Detail View: The AMICA Library: Belt

AMICA ID: 
MIA_.98.7.2
AMICA Library Year: 
1999
Object Type: 
Costume and Jewelry
Creator Name: 
Unknown
Creator Nationality: 
African; North African; Moroccan
Creator Role: 
designer
Creator Name-CRT: 
artist unknown
Title: 
Belt
View: 
Front
Creation Date: 
20th century
Creation Start Date: 
1900
Creation End Date: 
1999
Materials and Techniques: 
silk
Creation Place: 
Fez
Dimensions: 
L.106-3/4 x W.19 in.
Component Measured: 
overall
Measurement Unit: 
in
AMICA Contributor: 
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: 
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 
98.7.2
Credit Line: 
The Tess E. Armstrong Fund and Gift of Constance Kunin and an Anonymous Donor
Rights: 
Context: 

Weaving technology used by urban Arab weavers was very sophisticated. A belt such as this, with its complicated and diverse patterning would probably have involved at least five specialists: a dyer to create the four warp colors, three coordinated weavers (one handling the weft thread and ground structure, and two developing the pattern), and a passementerie craftsperson to finish the braided warp ends and tassels.

Fine wool weaving was made throughout North Africa and generally this production was used regionally, but urban Arab silk weavers frequently produced specialized textiles for a variety of communities in quite diverse locations.

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