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A woman's waist-band made of bright yellow, blue, cream, maroon and black twill woven stripes. Utilising three full widths [30 cms] of woollen cloth, the selvedges are folded and sewn on the bias to form a tube, such that the stripes appear as diagonals around the waist.
- Made in: Bulgaria
- Found/Acquired: Elhovo (Source: Eth Doc 1836)
- Length: 145 centimetres
- Width: 21.5 centimetres
Text from Eth Doc 1836 (entry 23): The waistband is made of multicoloured striped fabric folded in such a way that the stripes run on the bias. It can be wrapped round the waist several times.
This forms part of a woman's 'sukman' costume from the Elhovo district, south east Bulgaria. End of the C19th.
For other parts of this dress, see:
22: outer garment ('sukman')
25: jacket (kussé)
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'.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: EEU398
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