Object Name: False Shirtfront
Place Made: Africa: North Africa, Morocco, Fez
Period: Early 20th century
Date: 1900 - 1930
Dimensions: L 39 cm x W 25 cm
Materials: Cotton; silk
Techniques: Plain woven; embroidered; hand-sewn
Museum Notes: Fez-stitch embroideries are renowned for their intricacy and durability. The Fez stitch is a reversible counted-thread stitch and is similar to a cross-stitch. It is an extremely time-consuming and difficult type of needlework to master. Fez-stitch embroidery is characterized by the traditional colours red, blue, purple and green, which are used in monochrome over a delicate white linen or cotton. It dates back to the 18th century and has become the most widespread type of embroidery in Morocco today.