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A woman's apron, wider at the bottom than the top. Made from two equal sized pieces of red/orange weft faced tabby woven wool cloth sewn edge to edge along the longer side. Fine, regularly spaced bands: yellow, black and lilac/white. Flecks of pink, red and black woollen yarn throughout, inserted using supplementary weft. Twisted red/yellow/maroon yarns framed by solid red twisted yarn applied to all four edges of apron. Hem and 7 cms of lower sides have applied fringe, predominantly red with some yellow and black woollen yarns. Top corners of apron turned back and stitched. Apron ties missing.
- Production date
- 1900-1950 (donor information)
Length: 81 centimetres
Width: 68 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The clothing in this collection [Eu1993,07] and in Eu1994,01 were collected largely by Di Waller and Dan Lumley in the 1960s and early 1970s when Di Waller was based for some of the time in Skopje on a Leverhulme Scholarship.
Although this piece is numbered amongst other costume items from the same region, it does not form part of the woman's wedding attire [Eu1993,07.11 - 12 and Eu1993,07.14 - 18].
For the Mariovo woman's costume, see 'The National Dresses of Macedonia', Ethnographic Museum, Skopje 1963, pls.XL-XLIII.
See Mladenovic, Vesna 1999, 'Threads of Life: Red Fringes in Macedonian Dress', in Welters, Linda (ed.), Folk Dress in Europe and Anatolia: Beliefs about Protection and Fertility: 97 - 110.
See Olive Lodge 1935 (Sept), 'Džamutra, or the Bridegroom: Some Marriage Customs in the Villages around Tetovo in Serbian Macedonia or Southern Serbia (Part One), Folklore, Vol. 46, No. 3, (Sep., 1935): 244 - 267.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994-5 4 Nov-26 Mar, London, Museum of Mankind, Balkan Costume from the Waller Collection, Case 2
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The items in this collection [Eu1993,07] and in Eu1994,01 were collected largely by Di Waller and Dan Lumley in the 1960s and early 1970s when Di Waller was based for some of the time in Skopje on a Leverhulme Scholarship.
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