A woman's scarf, brightly coloured, worn around the waist; part of festive attire. Square in shape and made of shiny synthetic twill woven fabric with damask patterning. Dark blue leaf motifs on an apricot-coloured ground in the centre with border designs worked in tones of yellow and green. The letters 'GSL & F' worked in one corner.
- Made in: Galičnik (imported?)
- (Europe,Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,Galičnik)
- Found/Acquired: Skopje
- (Europe,Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,Skopje (district),Skopje (town))
- Length: 84 centimetres
- Width: 78 centimetres
Eth Doc 1871: The costumes in this collection, and in Eu1993,07.1 to 61, were largley collected by Di Waller and Dan Lumley in the 1960s and early 1970s when Di Waller was based for some for the time in Skopje on a Leverhulme Scholarship. This costume would have first been worn by the bride on her wedding day and, once married, on feast days and special occasions. The remote village of Galičnik, high in the mountains near the Albanian border, is famed for its mass weddings which always took place on St John's Day in early summer when the men returned from work abroad.
Compare with 2008,8011.13.
For other parts of this festive wear see: 7: shirt; 8: coat; 9: jacket; 10: jacket; 11: waistcoat; 12: scarf; 13: apron and 14: belt.
For a detailed description of how and the order in which this item of clothing was worn as part of a whole costume, see Eu1997,04.131See Olive Lodge 1935 (Sept), 'Džamutra, or the Bridegroom: Some Marriage Customs in the Villages around Tetovo in Serbian Macedonia or Southern Serbia (Part One), Folklore, Vol. 46, No. 3, (Sep., 1935): 244 - 267.
Case 3&4 ; 'Balkan Costume from the Waller Collection'; Museum of Mankind, 4.11.1994-26.03.1995.
Purchased by the vendor from a family from Galičnik living in Skopje. The items in this collection [Eu1993,07] and in Eu1994,01 were collected largely by Di Waller and Dan Lumley in the 1960s and early 1970s when Di Waller was based for some of the time in Skopje on a Leverhulme Scholarship.
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