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Assuit shawls and dresses, also known as Tulle-bi-telli, are named after the Northern Egyptian city Assuit where the tradition originated. The production of Assuit garments and shawls started by the Coptic Christian minority of Egypt. Originally made to decorate Egyptian bridal ware, it became popular in the west during the Egyptian revival period in the 19th century. It was also very popular among flappers in the 1920s.
The technique for Assuit involves marrying cotton or linen mesh with small strips of metal alloy, and the alloy is applied by hand. Alloy is used instead of silver, because pure silver would darken with age and cleaning would be impractical. Because of it’s openwork mesh, Assuit has a strong elasticity and is prized for its ability to drape.
This elegant assuit evening dress made of black mesh is decorated with geometric figures. It is floor length. Sleeveless. Perfectly preserved. Two small missing pieces, very few oxidized plates. The convolute includes a belt and a yellow flapper bag. Jewelry and boa not included. Still wearable today.
Chest: ~ 87 cm
Waist: ~ 85 cm
Length: ~ 135 cm