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Fashion Museum adds pieces from the Yemen to its collection

We are thrilled with the most recent donation to the Fashion Museum: 10 extraordinary and unique designs from Yemen. The garments will be a wonderful addition to our collection of world dress.

12 March 2020

The donation includes a traditionally woven and beaten indigo-dyed dress from the central mountainous area around the capital Sana’a and a dress with silver ‘plate’ and braiding, a magnificent example of a very traditional design from Bajil in the foothills of Tihama.

These pieces were gifted to the Fashion Museum by a donor, Barbara Evans, who collected Yemeni embroidered dresses while posted with her husband, a British Survey Advisor to the Yemeni government, between 1981 and 1989. Barbara became fascinated by the design and craft skills of proficient Yemeni embroiderers.

More and more people are interested in global dress, different styles and types of fashion and clothing worn by women and men throughout the world. The Fashion Museum is therefore expanding its ‘collecting net’ and looking forward to acquiring more pieces like these beautiful examples of traditional embroidery in order to build the collection and make more available for people to see.

Thank you to Barbara for this lovely donation, setting the pace for the Fashion Museum’s expanded collection of global dress.

Image above: Dress with silver 'plate' and braiding from the area around Bajil, in the foothills of the Tihama, the hotter coastal belt bordering the Red Sea