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Hand embroidered sash made from a piece of unbleached and undyed cotton. Fine, densely embroidered rectangular strip showing floral and geometric motifs in green and pink with blue and yellow elements. Central panel contains green flowers with red centres interspersed with blue and yellow designs; on either side is a thin green edging, filled with small, shaped blocks of colour.

History Of Use

This embroidered textile is likely a telete, meant for the border of an Ethiopian cotton shawl. Ethiopian populations are known for producing and wearing a variety of white cotton shawls, including shamma and netela, generally worn by women, and a thicker gabi worn by men. They can worn as everyday wear or for churchgoing and special occasions, such as weddings and funerals. The method of wrapping and folding shawls reflects the occasion and the ethnic group or religious tradition of the wearer.

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