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  • Babouche with layered leather sole, pointed toe. Upper solidly embroidered with metallic gold thread on green velvet. Inside lined with pink flannel.
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Urban Moroccan brides wear shoes like this pair of babouche or mules. The heavy gold thread embroidery is typical for bridal shoes and the green velvet contrasts with the pink insole.

Pair of embroidered wedding babouche
Morocco, 1950
BSM P79.673

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Out of the urban centres of Morocco come some of the most elaborate textiles in the world. Traditionally, Moroccan brides would wear garments made from these sumptuous textiles, and their shoes would have been equally lavish.