This headwear (fawqiya) dates to the 1950s and 1960s, and was typically worn as a decorative accessory by the Mahdian bride. It is hand-stitched in burgundy silk divided into two halves. The upper half is plain, and the lower part is embroidered with gold thread. This embroidery features a central area containing six small panels filled with flora and fauna motifs, bordered by more gold embroidery in geometric patterns and straight lines. The piece is surrounded by orange, turquoise, lilac, purple, and white silk thread forming tassels over the forehead and sides.
Fawqiya were not usually worn by girls before their marriage, nor by women after the age of fifty.