A girl's blouse with long sleeves; part of festive attire. Made from sheer natural cream tabby woven cotton cloth. Centre front neck opening; three rows of smocking at round neck, worked in red (upper), yellow and blue (lower) cotton yarns. Fastened with two pairs of metal hooks and eyes. Smocking also at sleeve ends. Identical embroidery at upper/outer arms and centre back/upper: floral and foliage patterning worked in blue, yellow, red, green and black cotton yarns. Zigzag line of red cotton emboidery near hem.
- 1927 (circa)
- Made in: Poland
- Found/Acquired: Kraków
- Length: 55 centimetres
- Width: 44 centimetres (under arms)
Letter to Philip Sykas (curator at the Chertsy Museum) from Margaret Mizen dated 27th October 1996: 'I am the original wearer in the photograph. My parents bought the costume for me in Cracow in 1927 when I was nine years old, for me to wear at fancy dress parties at home in England. The outfit was not of course made as a 'fancy dress'. It was the authentic costume worn by Polish girls for festive occasions.'
The photograph depicts the original wearer Ada Margaret Tiffin, aged 11, in 1929.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: EEU87181
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