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Woman's dress from Ioannina
First half of the 19th century (?)
Silk- and gilt metal-thread embroidery on silk brocade

Damask silk, gilt metal ribbons

Gift of the Asseo family, in memory of Renée Asseo Abravanel, Kibbutz Afiqim
Accession number: B10.0869, B11.0240

This rare dress attest to the unique tradition of the community of Ioannina, distinguished by its minimal absorption of the style brought by the Spanish exiles; rather, it maintained characteristics of Byzantine Judaism, suffused with Ottoman, European, and Greek influences. This dress was passed down from generation to generation, and the family has now gifted it to the Museum.

From the Israel Museum publications:
3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015

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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