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Tunisian man’s attire
Early 20th century

One typical feature of Jewish Tunisian men's dress was the black band at the bottom of the trousers. Tunisian Jews considered this to be a commemoration of the destruction of the Temple, although it may have originated in a government edict. On the street Jewish men wore a long, wide cape (burnous). The hood of the cape fell onto one shoulder, and the lower edge of the cape was thrown over the other shoulder.

Cape (burnous)
Felted wool, couched silk cord

Cotton, couched silk cord

Lent by Kibbutz Regavim
Accession number: B66.07.1109, L-B81.0017

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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