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August 25, 2014

Hooded child tunic

I present this lovely hooded child tunic from Coptic Egypt which is dated from 430–620 AD which is kept at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. Its medium is weave in purple-coloured, red-brown, and undyed wool on plain-weave ground of green wool; fringes in green and red-brown along the perimeter of the hood and lower edges. Its textile dimensions (Including sleeves and hood) are height, 89.1 cm; width, 101 cm.

Most of the tunics were found in Coptic cemeteries (the provenance of this tunic is unknown); and this one is kept in its original condition when it was found. It is lovely to imagine the Coptic child wearing this beautiful hooded tunic which can form a prototype for those who would like to launch a project to produce modern Coptic costumes.





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