Tunisian, Leather Slippers, c. 1900, leather, thread, Museum Purchase, 1926.836.2.

From the Collection: Leather slippers from Tunis, Tunisia

The pointed toes and heelless backs are characteristic of balgha, or slippers that are part of the traditional dress in the Maghreb (the Arabic region of northern Africa).

These slippers are worn across social classes by both men and women and come in many colors and designs. Today, there are two kinds of balgha: those made by the traditional methods, and those made by modern machines.

Tunisian, Leather Slippers, c. 1900, leather, thread, Museum Purchase, 1926.836.2.

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