Two Women, One Muslim, One Christian

Two Women, One Muslim, One Christian


Here is a clear constrast between the costumes of Muslim Andalusian women and Spanish Christian.

The Andalusian wears a loose tunic with deep cuffs. While a line over her right shoulder seems to show a raglan seam, it probably just represents a fold in the fabric. There is no trim on the outside of the tunic, however, her right cuff appears to be folded back and seems to be lined with patterned fabric. The tunic is short enough that her "underpants" can be clearly seen gathered on her lower legs. Their drawstrings can be seen dangling between her legs. She, too, wears a filet around her head, which appears to be a woven band of some sort, with a bow over her right ear. She has a heavy gold bracelet on each wrist and a gold necklace. Her feet are bare. Her fingers, and likely her palms, are henna'ed.

The Christian Spanish woman wears a long-sleeved tight dress (cotehardie?) or tunic under what appears to be a pale blue sideless surcote trimmed with black and white striped edging. The red dress is decorated with gold bands around cuffs, up the length of the arms, and across the shoulders (there appears to be a band across the chest, too--there may be more but that's all that can be seen). A panel of black and white under her left arm may be lacing. She has a gold filet around her head while her long curly hair cascades down her back. Her overdress pools over her feet so that they cannot be seen, although one pointed black shoe may be peeking through.


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