Fez Sash (Hizam)
Stiff and luxurious Fez sashes were worn by women all over Morocco on ceremonial or festive occasions, but in the 20th century they were worn mostly by brides on wedding day.These were woven primarily in Fez but also in Tetouan and Chechaouen up to the end of the 19th century. The weaving technique is the highly complex lampas which requires two persons per loom and incorporates supplementary weft and warp.The design is usually composed of floral patterns combined with heraldic motifs derived from Hispano Moresque architectural elements plus abundance of hamsas and eight point stars for good luck.
The color base as a well as the design change going across the length and from the back it looks like ikat. The ends are braided into tassels. A sash would be worn draped a few times around the waist over a kaftan and the width, dictated by the loom, is almost always cut in half to provide comfort and to allow both halves to be used separately, probably by two heirs of the original owner.
Circa: Late 19th century
Material: Silk and metallic thread weave.
Condition: Very good
Dimensions: 92" x 5" (with tassels142" x 5" )
Inventory number: TX4261