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A woman's apron, a 'podia', part of festive attire. Roughly rectangular in shape, and made from one large, and two smaller pieces of black tabby woven wool cloth. One large geometric motif, centre bottom, with two smaller motifs, using the central element of the larger motif, on either side. Worked in cream cotton (?) and red/brown, green and blue wool yarns. The edges of the apron have an applied band, which frames the embroidery, and is made from gold-coloured metal-wrapped thread and yellow cotton. A wide border of black wool braiding, containing areas of silver- and gold-coloured metal-wrapped thread. The ties are missing.
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- 20thC(early) (donor information)
Length: 43 centimetres
Width: 49 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Eth Doc 1871: 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.
The Sarakatsan people were traditionally nomadic sheep and goat herders found in Bulgaria, Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Such festive costumes were originally worn at weddings and on feast days but were later used for everyday wear. The textiles are woven and knitted using the wool and hair of their flocks. Today these costumes are worn only by older people in more remote areas. The knitted socks, gaiters and tasselled bag are made of vegetable-dyed yarns and are particularly finely worked. [Text on www.bmimages.com]
For a more detailed description of the life of the Sarakatsan see Fermor, Patrick Leigh 1958, Mani : travels in the southern Peloponnese, chapter 2.
See: Hail, Barbara A (1985), Female costume of the Sarakatsani, Bristol, Rhode Island, Brown University, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.
For other parts of this costume, see: (20) apron; (21) skirt; (22) skirt; (23) cuff; (24) sleeve; (25) socks; (26) shoes; (27) overskirt; (28) bag.
Compare with Eu1971,03.12;2008,8009.1 and 2008,8009.2.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994-5 4 Nov-26 Mar, London, Museum of Mankind, Balkan Costume from the Waller Collection, Case 3&4
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- 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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