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  • Description

    A wide, rectangular cushion cover or pillow. The front is made of predominantly red tabby woven woollen cloth. It is embroidered in the centre with a series of vertical geometrical motifs and worked in pink, blue and green woollen yarns, predominantly. Two separate vertical motifs, one floral, the other consisting of a line of diamonds is worked as a mirror image about the centre line, using the same coloured wools. The decoration is framed with pink and green woven stripes. The reverse is made of tabby woven cotton cloth with fine blue, red and light green bands (woven as stripes).


  • Date

    • 1875-1899
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 33 centimetres
    • Width: 60 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Eth Doc 1836 (entry 87): The cushion is woven with woollen yarn. The brané technique has been applied.
    End of the C19th.

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  • Acquisition notes

    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'.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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