"Tulle-bi-telli" scarf


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Art Deco Assuit long rectangular scarf, made of net fabric of light beige colour with small pieces of metal hammered flat, forming a geometric pattern of rhombi and zigzags.

Tulle-bi-telli, also known as Assuit or 'Assiut after Asyut where it is made, is a textile marrying cotton or linen mesh with small strips of metal. Asyut area on the north of Cairo, Egypt, is known to be a textile mecca with many highly skilled craft people. They were introduced to the bobbinet machine; invented in Tulle, France in the early 19th century. This machine created a mesh fabric of hexagonal shapes that became ideal for creating gilded fabrics or "Tulle-bi-telli". These very artistic and highly collectible pieces are rich in tradition dating back to the time of Pharaohs. Early 20th century Assuit were more commonly known for their luster and beauty as costume and dance attire. They became especially popular as the discovery of King Tut's Tomb was made. 
circa 1930 Asyut, Egypt
Width : 72 cm
Length : 215 cm