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Georgian woman's attire
Late 19th – early 20th century

The Jews of Georgia dressed like their neighbors. Until the early 20th century everyone wore traditional dress, with the fabrics and colors differing from one region to another. After the penetration of European influences, traditional garments were reserved mainly for ceremonial occasions. The outfits displayed here were characteristic of the women of Tbilisi; the cut of the coat that emphasizes the waistline is typical of central Asia and can also be seen in the Bukharan garments in the exhibition.

Embroidered silk quilt


Head kerchief
Tulle, cotton-thread embroidery

Forehead band and hair piece
Silk and metal-thread embroidery on silk velvet, curly sidelocks

Purchased through the gift of Baroness Alix de Rothschild, Paris
Gift of Yedida Lahav, Tel Aviv
Purchased through the gift of Bruce Kovner, New York
Accession number: B67.0483, B67.0284, B85.1137, B95.1475, B95.1508

From the Israel Museum publications:
Juhasz, Esther (ed.), The Jewish Wardrobe from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 5 Continents Editions, Milan and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2012

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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