Inscription reads: "This is Maw and her brother who lived in New York. He was married to Mrs. Epstine [sic] sister. Maw was 18. They never had any children" and, "Maw and her brother. He was married to Mrs. Espstein's sister. They lived in New York. Maw was 18 when the picture was taken in Russia."
Burgundy velour embroidered with gold. Traditional marriage dress made to measure for the donor, ordered by her mother Mazal (Bensabat) Wahnoun. This Keswa El Kbira or grand costume, is a traditional festive dress of Moroccan Jewish women, worn by brides and at other celebrations. It is probably based on medieval Spanish Jewish costume, with its origins usually traced to the 15th century Spanish vertugada.The front shirt is 100 years older (1830) than the dress (1930) and was acquired for the marriage.
3 pink ruffles are part of the dress but are not on display. They are pleated, tulle-type fabric. Two pieces are flat, with different lengths (long: .02-4; short: .02-6). The third has been sewn into a circle (.02-5). Narrative:
This dress has been worn by a large number of brides in Morocco and Canada.