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  • Description

    A pair of man's trousers, part of festive attire for summer. Made from natural cream tabby woven cotton cloth with groups of apricot-coloured stripes. Tapered leg and draw-string waist through which is threaded a white, twill woven cotton ribbon.

  • Date

    • 1925-1975 (?: donor information)
  • Production place

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 86 centimetres
    • Width: 64 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Eth Doc 1871: The costumes in this collection, and in Eu1993,07.1 to 61, were largely collected 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. For other parts of this festive wear see: 16: socks; 17: shoes; 19: shirt; 20: belt; 21: waistcoat; 22: towel; 23: hat.


  • Exhibition history


    Case 3&4 ; 'Balkan Costume from the Waller Collection'; Museum of Mankind, 4.11.1994-26.03.1995.

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  • Acquisition notes

    This was purchased by the donor 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.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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