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A long, rectangular woman's apron. The ground is made from red tabby woven wool cloth, covered almost entirely with cream-coloured embroidery. On either side of the centre line the decoration comprises two identical vertical lines of diamond patterning. The centre of each diamond (22 in total) is subdivided, using either white or yellow silks. Small spots of blue and pink synthetic wool yarn is added. The centre contains a vertical line of multicoloured squares: green, pink and blue synthetic wool, and white cotton and yellow silk. A horizontal band at the hem has a blue flower at the centre (synthetic wool) bordered by white and yellow flowers (both silk). Cream-coloured, commercially made trim (lace-like in appearance, double layered) is applied to the sides and hem. There is applied fringing to the hem and lower sides: pink, blue, green, brown and purple, worked in synthetic wools. The ties are missing.
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Length: 91 centimetres (including fringes)
Width: 58 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Eth Doc 1836 (entry 76): The apron is made of woollen and cotton yarn and a small amount of silk. The brané weaving technique has been applied with four needles [?]. Zigzag white lines stand out in the margin. In the middle there is a band of multicoloured ornaments. It is called a spider. The rest is like a trace of the connecting seam between the two pieces of cloth of the old apron which was made in such a way as to serve as a decoration. At the hem there is a row of flowery motifs, embroidered with silk and woollen theads.
Beginning of the C20th.
- Not on display
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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'.
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