Child’s tunic with bands of Y-shapes
Mamluk Period (1250 - 1517)
Material and technique: linen, embroidered with dark-brown silk; with stitching in flax
Dimensions 57 x 63.5 cm max. (height x width)
Gallery notes: Embroidery was used in the Mamluk period (1250-1517) to decorate both furnishings and personal garments, including tunics, trousers, kerchiefs, and caps, in the form of geometric patterns, arabesque designs, and well-wishing inscriptions. Figurative motifs and heraldic designs referring to specific individuals were sometimes also included.
Due to its reduced size, it is probable that this tunic was intended for a child, although it is made the same way as those worn by adults. Generally wider than longer, standard tunics had slit necks and were made up of parts of cloth pieces joined by run-and-fell seams. This kind of manufacture marked a major change from the way similar clothes were produced in Coptic Egypt.