Robes and Fabrics - Jallayah

Origin and Time: Jordan and Palestine, end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries
Museum of Jordan Folklore and Jewelry
Inv. No. 71,008

Jallayah is a brocade wedding dress with long front slits, narrow sleeves open on each side and a standing collar. It is the most important dress of a bride's trousseau. The front skirt, the lower back panel and the narrow sleeves are heavily embroidered. The embroideries are carried out with brocaded silk and silk threads and show roses and vases with flowers.

The decoration on the chest panel echoes some of the motifs on the dress. The embroideries on each side have the form of roses and vases with flowers. The silk embroidery around the slits consists of floral motifs too. The lower back panel is the most elaborate. It is heavily embroidered with vases with flowers. The colours used are golden, crimson and also dark blue, orange and green. This dress was worn by women in the region around lake Genezareth at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries.