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  • Description

    A woman's waistband made of blue, twill woven cotton fabric. The cloth is commercially made and has alternating self coloured stripes: one stripe comprises a line of ovals, the other a wide twill stripe. The warp ends are unfinished and there is a hole at one end.

  • Date

    • 1900-1925
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 96 centimetres
    • Width: 35 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Eth Doc 1836 (entry 68): Waist-band. The waist-band worn with this costume is made of a blue cotton fabric. It replaces the old long woollen waist-band.
    Woman's costume from the village of Dolen, Gotsedelchev district, Pirin mountains, south east Bulgaria. Beginning of the C20th.

    For other parts of this dress, see:
    65: shirt
    66: outer garment ('saya')
    67: apron
    69: shirt-front
    70: head-scarf
    71: stockings


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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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