Beaded veils of Egypt


In Egypt, occasionally beaded veils can be found. The Cairo area and the Nile valley have a tradition of light, mesh-like veils (see for instance below left). This tradition can also be seen in the rare beaded veils. These veils are very narrow and probably originate from the Sinai Peninsula. The beads are strung in a mesh-like pattern. The image below left is a veil from Alexandria. Although this is an old veil and I know the piece only from this image, I am assuming it is decorated with amber-like beads. Below the image (from an unknown photographer) of a woman from the Rashaida bedouin with a tightly woven beaded veil.

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