Current Location:
Glenn A. Niemeyer Honors Hall -> 2nd Floor (HON)
Location Notes:
HON; Academic, 2nd fl., Across from Rm. 214

Bedouin Textile

Artwork
Identifier:
2006.258.1
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Textile
Date:
circa 2006
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 30 in Width: 27.625 in
Description:
Rectangular pillowcase with tasseled edge. Horizontal stripes, one thin stripe with, red, white, blue, and yellow section. One braided tassel.
Historical Context:
The Bedouins are a nomadic people who, historically, have lived across the Middle East and North Africa, inhabiting arid areas and moving their base with the turning of the seasons. Traditionally women’s work, the Bedouin style of weaving was developed in their unique culture, creating household items suited for life in the desert. Sheep wool from one’s own herd is spun into thread, colored with natural dye and woven into a fabric using a ground loom. The particularly tight and strong fabric is used for tents, rugs, pillows and other domestic items.