|All photos courtesy Atfaluna|
We were also delighted to see these photos posted on Atfaluna's Facebook page and hope they don't mind our reproducing them, because we were very intrigued by the First Lady's outfit.
A quick google search turned up no information on who might have designed the garment. Some news reports mistakenly identified it as traditionally Palestinian. We think it was best described on france24.com:
"Sheikha Moza bint Nasser ... wore an elegant black turban and robe of the same colour with trimmings made of traditional Palestinian cross stitch."We'd probably have described it as "contemporary Palestinian cross stitch" rather than traditional, but that's because we are pedantic museum curators :)
We also found ourselves discussing whether it was a single robe or an coat with embroidered arm bands and front panels over a black dress with a cross stitched belt. We've seen similar lovely garments styled by Anat in Damascus.
This outfit (like it's wearer) was certainly very elegant. It's always interesting to see Palestinian cross stitched amalgamated successfully with modern Islamic design. We like to document those kind of garments - thus, this post.
If anyone out there can identify this garment further for us, please drop us a line :)