The first thing we are going to do now is to know the etymological origin of
the word trousseau that concerns us. In this sense, it must be stated that it
derives from the Andalusian Arabic "as-sawar", which, in turn, comes from the
classical Arabic "suwar", which is equivalent to "household goods".
the term trousseau is used with reference to the set
of furniture, clothing and utensils that are used in the same area or
that share certain characteristics.
It is possible to speak, in this way, of the trousseau that belongs to an
individual or of the one that, in the marriage bond, is in charge of
contributing the woman. Also called items are items that are
intended for babies at the time they are born and things that
are commonly used in a home.
For example: "We are happy because my mother decided to give us the
trousseau for Nicolás", "The photographer posed the young Uruguayan
model with a beautiful wedding trousseau", "The police are
investigating the theft of the jewels that were stolen from the private
trousseau of the princess ”.
Many times the notion of trousseau is associated with certain social rites
that are carried out at birth, marriage and death. When
a child is born, it is usual for the child to receive a trousseau with his crib,
clothes, etc. In a marriage, in the past it was common for the wife to provide
the couple with a trousseau, which included sheets, tablecloths and other items
that would be used in the shared dwelling. Furthermore, the trousseau can
include the clothes and accessories that the bride uses.
Today, although as a general rule, this concept of trousseau related to
marriage has disappeared, it is still found in some places and is even
maintained by certain generations. Thus, there are mothers who continue to buy
everything from clothing to kitchen utensils to bedding so that when their
children get married they can have what they need at home.
At a historical level, in some museums we come across artistic works that
were precisely part of the trousseau of some illustrious character. We have an
example of this, for example, in the Archaeological Museum of Spain, located in
Madrid, where you can admire an ark of betrothal of Florentine origin and dating
from the 15th century.
As for death, the funeral trousseau is made up of objects that are located
next to the deceased in the grave so that they accompany him on his way to
another plane or as an offering to the divinities.
The objects and the quantity of the same that were included in the grave
goods come to determine, among other things, the social status of the deceased
and, consequently, of his family.
Among the most important in history are the Egyptians, where you can even
admire the existence of paintings on the walls and figures, called
ushebti. These came to represent the servants that the deceased had had and who
were included as a way of determining that in the “beyond” they would also
continue to serve him.