One more pic from the @nationaltrustvic Night Life exhibition: a metallic lace Assuit shawl from Egypt. Note the little pyramid and camel motifs! Named after the Egyptian town where they were made, they were hugely popular as souvenirs and lots of them were brought to Australia by WWI soldiers, although the Thomas Cook-led tourism boom, the opening of the Suez Canal and the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb all made Egypt more fascinating and accessible than ever. They could be pinned or sewn into dresses, worn as sashes or head wraps, or used as shawls. They came in heaps of colours and patterns.
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  • incrediblemelkOne more pic from the @nationaltrustvic Night Life exhibition: a metallic lace Assuit shawl from Egypt. Note the little pyramid and camel motifs! Named after the Egyptian town where they were made, they were hugely popular as souvenirs and lots of them were brought to Australia by WWI soldiers, although the Thomas Cook-led tourism boom, the opening of the Suez Canal and the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb all made Egypt more fascinating and accessible than ever. They could be pinned or sewn into dresses, worn as sashes or head wraps, or used as shawls. They came in heaps of colours and patterns.

  • rochelle_rochelleI've enjoyed your gallery tour. 👏
  • incrediblemelkI planned to do a blog post @rochelle_rochelle but I couldn't be bothered in the end
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