Ensemble - Nubian Traditional Ensemble

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Nubian Ensemble. A) Jirjara robe (Nubian-style young woman's galabeya) of sheer black machine made lace with floral pattern woven into the lace. Full-length, with rounded neckline. Wide rounded, almost boat-neckline edged with row of large, spaced golden discs. A second row of gold discs runs slightly lower across upper chest. Long sleeves with slight cuffs. Dropped waist with wide horizontal pin-tucks. Skirt gathered into sewn band just below bottom pin-tuck. B) Under-dress of blue cotton printed with ancient Egyptian-inspired motifs including lotus and flying birds, done in gold, red, and black. Full-length, with "keyhole" neckline, lower part of keyhole with ... continued below

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Nubian Peoples 1970/2010.

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Nubian Ensemble.

A) Jirjara robe (Nubian-style young woman's galabeya) of sheer black machine made lace with floral pattern woven into the lace. Full-length, with rounded neckline. Wide rounded, almost boat-neckline edged with row of large, spaced golden discs. A second row of gold discs runs slightly lower across upper chest. Long sleeves with slight cuffs. Dropped waist with wide horizontal pin-tucks. Skirt gathered into sewn band just below bottom pin-tuck.

B) Under-dress of blue cotton printed with ancient Egyptian-inspired motifs including lotus and flying birds, done in gold, red, and black. Full-length, with "keyhole" neckline, lower part of keyhole with scalloped edge. Slits at side seams from hem up to mid-calf. Very short sleeves. Garment cut to create very slight "A"-line shape, by cutting in under arms. Unlined.

C) Head scarf of very fine black fabric. Triangular in shape, with edging of crochet/knitting of black yarn threaded with small clear crystal/glass cylindrical beads. Outer edge of beaded loop "tassels" of the same beads.

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The Nubian peoples are settled throughout Egypt and Sudan. This garment is most likely from Egypt.

While the galabeya may refer to a male or female caftan, this robe is typical of the garments worn by the young women of the Fredija villages of Nubia. The sheer lace jirjara differs from the galabeya in that the underdress is visible, rather than the entire figure being covered and obscured. With the addition of gold jewelry, this ensemble could be worn to special occasions, such as weddings.

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Texas Fashion Collection

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  • 1970/2010

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  • 1970 - 2010

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  • March 7, 2014, 7:40 a.m.

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  • April 4, 2016, 3:13 p.m.

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Nubian Peoples. Ensemble - Nubian Traditional Ensemble, physical object, 1970/2010; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc277018/: accessed July 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Visual Arts + Design.