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A woman's short waistcoat, worn over 2008,8011.5; square neckline. Tabby cotton ground cloth has printed polychrome floral design with red ground; typical of Russian/Soviet cloth. Embellished with strips of cotton lacework, commercially made. A vertical line of mother-of-pearl buttons at side of neckline. All edges piped with black/cream printed cotton cloth. Both lower front flaps have a row of three large solar motifs, worked in polychrome circular and tubular plastic beads and more buttons; flaps lined with floral printed cotton cloth (cream/red blossoms on yellow 'ground'). Waistcoat lined with natural cream tabby cotton cloth.
- Production date
Length: 40 centimetres
Width: 28 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Front flaps of waistcoat lined with same floral printed cloth as 2008,8011.5. All embellishment, including lacework, sewn on to protect against the evil eye. See Images for record 2008,8011.1: two colour photographs showing Old Turkish market street in Krujë; taken by vendor at the time she acquired this textile.
The vendor wrote about the beaded patterns in Sheila Paine, 'The Linen Goddess', 2003, pp.189-190: 'I bought a Vlach amulet in Kruje, too, a beaded version of the pagan solar motif of an eight-pointed star. The same pattern was the most common motif on the white shifts of the women from the mountain villages around Kruje. Though they were ostensibly Catholic, the women clung to pagan patterns that were mostly solar. The only motif remotely like a goddess was a simple triangle topped by a diamond, but with no arms and no pendants. And there was no sign of linen - their white shifts were now all of cotton.'
See also Joanna Minksztym, ‘Śladami Kanunu. Kultura albanska w wieloetnicznym Kosowie’ (Following the Kanun. Albanian culture in multiethnic Kosovo), exhibition catalogue, National Museum of Posnan, Posnan 2011, pp. 126-7, cat. 128-133, cat. 143, a similar waistcoat with lace trimming and discs in glass beads.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by the vendor in Krujë market.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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