Cloak, burnous

Accession Loan No.
118/1961/27
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Common Name
cloak, burnous
Simple Name
cloak
Full Name
burnous
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Year Low
1850
Production Year High
1900
Family Group

Material
wool (hand embroidered); silk (thread and tassels)

    There are 5 comments

    • Zainab, from Saudi Arabia
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      We have something like this in Saudi Arabia. Sometimes it would come to below the knee, sometimes above. It would be called a mishlah or a degula.

    • Gehan Omar, Egyptian at Belmont Chapel English class
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      (Looking at the lettering on the burnous) This is the letter alif, A, the first letter. [The centre stroke is an accent of ascending sound, which would not be used to write the word “Allah”.]

    • Shelley Tobin, RAMM Assistant Curator of Costume
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      This is shaped to fit over a bustle. It’s from about 1870. It would be interesting to know what the Arabic script is on it.

    • Shelley Tobin, RAMM Assistant Costume Curator
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      These sort of things from North Africa were on show at the Great Exhibition [of 1851] so it started a craze.

    • Zoe Isopova, housewife and English student
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      It looks handmade for a wedding…. I’ve never seen this style in my country. We have shawls, but not with all the embroidery. If I saw it in a shop, I wouldn’t buy it because I wouldn’t be sure how to wear it, although it’s very pretty…. I’m not sure it’s a comfortable style.

    Tell Us What You Think

    Subject to approval, your name and blog comment will be made public. Any comment replies from RAMM will also be public. Your email address will never be published. If you wish to contact us privately, please use the Contact form. Required fields are marked *