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A woman's short jacket. The undecorated bodice is made from natural cream tabby woven cotton cloth, hand spun and hand woven. 'U'-shaped neckline; straight short sleeves set in at right angles with diamond-shaped gusset under arm. Entire sleeve embroidered with small geometric patterning, worked on the diagonal: two lines of red motifs (with blue centre) alternating with a single line of blue (with red centre), using woollen yarns. A single blue, interlaced, band is machine stitched to the sleeve edge.
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Length: 33 centimetres (across arms)
Width: 93 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This jacket comes from a collection thought to have been acquired largely in Serbia, but it is very similar to the Greek 'tzakos' or bodice with scooped neckline often edged in red braid and buttoned under the bust, with tight sleeves to the elbow, usually emboidered in one of several characteristic patterns and known as 'pano manikia' (upper sleeves). A pair of shorrter and fuller lower sleeves known as 'kato manikia' were usually added, often loosely sewn on and subsequently removed. See Linda Walters, 'Women's Traditional Costume in Attica, Greece', Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, n.d., p. 31, and A. Hatzimichali, 'The Greek Folk Costume', Athens 1979, vol. I, p. 49-50 for comparable pieces.
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- Acquisition notes
- Text from Donations and Purchases Book Volume 9: 'A collection of men's and women's costumes from Serbia, purchased by Dimitri Mitrinovic in Serbia and London mostly before WWII.'
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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