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    A pair of man's trousers, festive dress. Made from cream coloured cotton fabric with raised twill-woven diamond patterning. Narrow legs, three inserts in the middle and an elasticated waist. Commercially made fabric; machine stitched. The seam of each leg gets wider towards the hem, enabling the selvedges of the fabric to be retained. Some wear at the crotch.


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    • 20thC (donor information)
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    • Length: 102 centimetres
    • Width: 71 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Information provided by donor: man's trousers to match the shirt [Eu2006,1103.81]. Made in the neighbouring Romanian-speaking village of Pálanka but worn here. Worn on festive occasions.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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