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A covering-cloth for food, a 'messal'. A rectangular cloth made of predominantly cream-coloured twill woven wool cloth. The yarn used is handspun singles and the cloth handwoven. Three wide black bands separated by two red bands form the patterning. At one end the main weft yarn is a darker shade than the rest. The warp ends are left unfinished.
- Made in: Bulgaria
- Found/Acquired: Dolen
- (Europe,Balkans,Bulgaria,Rodopi Planina,Pirin Planina,Dolen)
- Length: 89.5 centimetres
- Width: 54.5 centimetres
Text from Eth Doc 1836 (entry 106): Covering-cloth, 'messal'. It is made of a basket-woven [twill: s longhurst] well-set cloth, in multicoloured stripes all along the weft, very similar to those used for the local rugs. It is used for covering the dough to make it rise in a shorter time or the bread while still warm.
End of the C19th.
Part of a collection of 347 items given by the Bulgarian Committee for Cultural Relations in 1971, together with a full list describing each item, its manufacture and usage, with general account of Bulgarian costume in the different regions (Eth Doc 1836, pp. 21-25); specific information is given under 'Curator's Comment'.
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Object reference number: EEU477
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