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Scarf  (cache nez)
Date: 2000
Medium: Silk, rayon or synthetic fiber
Dimensions: H x W: 198.5 x 23.2 cm (78 1/8 x 9 1/8 in.)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Geography: Soamanadrariny, Madagascar
Object Number: 2000-13-26
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Beyond its use as a shoulder wrap, tailored handwoven silk fashions are increasingly popular among the inhabitants of Madagascar's capital Antananarivo. Because of its luxuriousness and high price, these items are usually reserved for formal events. Fashionable dinner parties today see men in tailored vests and ties and women in dresses--all of hand woven silk. Silk is especially popular for urban weddings, used for the bride's gown, but also for cloths that ceremonially wrap the couple, and for the ring bearer's pillow and the small handbag used by the bride to collect the couple's monetary gifts. Weavers in the capital continue to produce new products for local clients, including hand woven cloths designed to accent televisions and coffee tables. The growth in tourism finds yet another market for locally-woven vests, neck ties, scarves and other accessories. The floral and leaf weft-designs on this silk scarf are reminiscent of an older motif which remains popular today.

Narrow single panel scarf of off-white silk with lower section of each end ornamented with weft-float designs--one a double floral design, the other a double leaf pattern.

Acquired from Celestine Razanadrasoa, Madagascar, 2000

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