- Museum number
A woman's shirt / chemise, a 'poukamiso', ankle length, with long sleeves, and made of white tabby woven cotton fabric; hand spun and hand woven. The full weaving width [37 cms] has been used front and back which, together with four additional panels, creates an A-line shape. Two vertical strips of printed tabby cotton fabric machine stitiched to either side of deep, centre front opening; red leaf-shaped motifs with concentric blue dots on a cream ground. A different cotton print fabric machine stitched to small round collar. Black wool embroidery on natural cream tabby woven sleeves, 3/4 length. Diamonds and scroll-shaped motifs, two bands of blue/black applied wool (?) ribbon and black braiding with crocheted edge. [Sleeves older than rest of garment?] A band of cut work at the hem and on four main seams, to a height of 15 cms from the hem.
- Production date
Length: 127.50 centimetres
Width: 104 centimetres (across arms)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Donations and Purchases Book Volume 9: 'A costume from the Sarakatsan of Greece. It belonged to an old woman in the Alexandroupolis district in Thrace, and had been her grandmother's. (To be completed it needs silver jewellery and belt.)'
There is apparently no complete Sarakatsani chemise in any museum collection in Greece (information kindly supplied by Ioanna Papantoniou and Xenia Politou, of the Benaki Museum, Athens, 2007).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011-2012 6 Oct-19 Feb, London, The British Museum, Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman
2011 21 Jan-11 Sep, London, British Museum, Room 2, Traditional Jewellery and Dress from the Balkans
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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