Rural Tule Shawl is a special form of embroidery made with silver or gold threads or wool threads like this rural motifs shawl from upper Egypt. Tilly or Tulle was a vital part of the wedding ceremony in Upper Egypt. women using a tiny needle with silver and gold thread, weaving them through Tilly cloth into shapes and symbols representing the heritage of her forebears. They drew camels to indicate the wedding caravan, waves like the waters of the Nile, trees for rural village life, stars for the wedding ceremony's nights, and finally triangles for mountains and to protect the bride from envy.
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Shandweel Tule Assuiti
In the 1950s, on Shandweel island in the deep south of Egypt, Um Alia hand-crafted traditional wedding clothes for her . . . .