Woman's festive costume

Karakacani, early 20th century AD
From Bulgaria

The Karakacani people were traditionally nomadic sheep and goat herders found in Bulgaria, Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Such festive costumes were originally worn at weddings and on feast days but were later used for everyday wear. The textiles are woven and knitted using the wool and hair of their flocks. Today these costumes are worn only by older people in more remote areas. The knitted socks, gaiters and tasselled bag are made of vegetable-dyed yarns and are particularly finely worked.

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AOA 1993.Eu7.19-28


Collected by Dr Diane Waller
Funded by The British Museum Friends (Eastern European Purchase Fund)


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