Usage – ways of dressing and others
After exploring the different factors that are involved in decorative development, some examples allow the evocation of the role and place that fabrics play in the social life, as marks of identity, such as elements of profane or religious rituals or as vectors of artistic expression.
The majority of decorated fabrics that enter into social rituals, or have a symbolic function with their patterns or colours, are mainly clothing but they can also have other profane or ceremonial uses.
Small women’s veil, tazira Tunisia, Matmata Region, Berber, beginning of 20th century Hand spun wool, Z-twist, flush silk Hélène Balfet Mission 71.1958.54.7
Cloth, reserve-dyed by knotted tying encircling a small red dye, carried out at the right side and towards the fabric, thus forming simple or concentric circles. Dyeing : 2 successive yellow, blue-black baths. Additional design : embroidery (cross, flower and zig zag stitches), application of sequins. Fringes from the warp yarns. 86x75 cm