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  • Description

    A length of yellow ribbon made of tabby woven silk; damaged.

  • Date

    • 1927 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 115.5 centimetres
    • Width: 4 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    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.


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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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