Embroidery “el tock”

“el tock” – square-shaped embroidered collar for a tunic for married women in Siwa oasis, Egypt.

Embroidery on black cotton fabric, asymmetrical spiral pattern with green lines decorated with red and orange stripes and small motifs.

It was believed the spiral shape exiled dangerous spirits and the evil eye.

Pattern composition is the same for most but with variations. Embroidered by Siwa women.

Material: rayon or silk embroidery thread on cotton

Technique: chain stitch, romanian stitch, cross stitch

Place of origin: Siwa oasis, Egypt

Location: private


“el tock” is sewn on an everyday tunic “rumi akbir nwasa”

Reference: tunic for married women, The British Museum