Dakhla Oasis (Egypt)

Dakhla Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. Dakhla Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt.

The Dakhla oasis is one of the seven oases of Egypt’s Western Desert. It lies in the New Valley Governorate, about 350 km from the Nile, in the southwest of the country. Two excavations at the third to fifth centuries AD sites of Deir Abu Metta and Kellis have revealed a range of textiles, some of which are embroidered.

In addition, during the twentieth century and possibly earlier, the dresses of local women were decorated with a characteristic form of Dakhla oasis embroidery.

Source: VOGELSANG-EASTWOOD, Gillian (2016). 'Late classical and early medieval embroideries from Egypt and Nubia,' in: Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood (ed.). Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World, London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 58-70, esp. 60-64.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 3 June 2016)


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