1920s Egyptian Gold Assuit Shawl with Art Deco Pattern
Get ready to feel like the Queen of the Nile in this absolutely stunning piece!
Originating in Asyut, Egypt, assuit (also spelled asyut or assiut) is the marriage of a Turkish single-stitch metal embroidery technique with Egyptian cotton tulle.
Invented in the late 19th century as tourist art for travelers visiting the area, this fabric was first described in Edwardian era travel literature as “spangled mosquito netting.” Traveling women would purchase these shawls to wear over their hats to prevent bites from malaria-infected mosquitos.
Production of assuit reached its pinnacle of popularity in the 1920s thanks in part to the influx of travelers flocking to the area to uncover the ruins of ancient Egypt following the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1923.
This striking piece is fashioned in ivory Egyptian cotton tulle and decorated in shimmering gold metal pieces. It has a rolled hem and a beautiful Art Deco geometric pattern consisting of squares, chevrons and diamonds. You are guaranteed to turn heads!
It is perfect for weddings, Art Deco galas or even belly dancing.
Condition: Very Good
There are three small dark stains (the largest is the size of a pencil eraser) and a number of light stains throughout. One of the darker stains is in the hem and is barely noticeable. The light staining is only noticeable upon close inspection. Some of the metal pieces have tarnished, but given the way it reflects light, it is not noticeable. No rips or holes. Priced accordingly.