Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Beer Sheba

This is a bedu style thob. The ghudfeh (head shawl) frames the face in amulets.

I know that this is seriously out of focus, but this bedu colour palette is quite different from the clear primaries of the other thobs here. Ssee how it blends with the woven rugs hanging in the background. Beer Sheba is in what was southern Palestine, where Jehan Rajab explains the Negeb and Sinai deserts were home to many bedu (bedouin).

The bedu weave wool, goat hair, camel hair and cotton. In the past they dyed their fibres with natural dyes derived from the likes of madder root (orangey reddish) and pomegranate bark (black) .

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