Coat (burnous ), Anonymous, 1850 - 1865

Coat (burnous ), Anonymous, 1850 - 1865

silk, l 73cm. More details

French soldiers in the North African colonies adopted this traditional local cape for its functional use. In the mid-19th century this burnous gave rise to a new fashion in women’s coats named after the original. They were decorated with fringes and tassels and generally had a hood. Besides being called burnous, these capes were also known as a bedouïne or Talma.

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