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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1927.286
Title
Embroidered Cloth from Azimur
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
17th-18th century
Places
Creation Place: Africa, Morocco
Culture
Moroccan
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/71495
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Long-armed cross and four-sided silk stitch on a cotton ground.
Dimensions
26.5 x 67.5 cm (10 7/16 x 26 9/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Charles Bain Hoyt
Accession Year
1927
Object Number
1927.286
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The Zemmour (Azimur/Morrocco) tradition of embroidery has particular designs which can be also found in south Italian and Balkan embroideries.The principal motifs are the fat bird, the opposed birds set on each side of a fountain, the skirted lady and the heraldic beasts. These embroideries are worked in monochrome silk, with shades of red being the most common. Zemmour work also uses an outlining stitch in black. The stitch used is a small tight stem or seed stitch lay in two directions, making it appear like a small cross stitch. The stitch is sometimes worked very thickly to make a raised surface on the fabric.

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