Southern Palestinian shawls, with Ramallah shawls being the prime example, are distinct from other Palestinian shawls. They are embroidered on white or natural linen, they use zigzag called tall palm pattern as a design element, and they use a scheme of narrow long borders and wide short border. The central field contains a grid where the decorating motifs are placed. Early shawls are more sparse while later shawls incorporate European design elements such as birds and flowers along the traditional Islamic elements. Coiled polychrome silk thread embroidered in cross stitch, worked on two linen panels sewn together lengthwise.
Circa: late19th century
Material: Silk embroidered linen
Dimensions: 80" x 30"
Inventory number: TX4076