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Decorative strip from the base of a skirt, made up of different sized pieces of polychrome fulled woven wool cloth. Four separate bands: navy (top), then predominantly red and orange, then green and finally red (bottom). The second band has small, rectangular pieces, in three groups, with green, dark blue and red grounds. Each is decorated with a double spiral motif, worked in chain stitch embroidery, using cream, orange, and tones of green cotton (?) threads. This patterning is also worked on a slightly larger scale on the orange ground. This ground also contains a motif with a cross,'+', -shape superimposed on an 'x'-shape.
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Length: 142 centimetres
Width: 10 centimetres
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- For full discussion see Eu2004,03.2, a similar decorative strip from the collection of John MacDermot. Garments with similar decoration as border ornament were found along the coast and inland into Bosnia. Skirts and sleeveless coats with similar borders at the base occur at Kalic in the Ravni Kotari region of northern Dalmatia, inland from the town of Zadar. They were worn by Roman Catholic and Serbian Orthodox peoples. [information from Ken Ward 21.4.08].
Eth.Doc. 1869: Dimitrije Mitrinovic (1887 - 1953) was a Serbian philosopher who made a collection of Balkan (and other) textiles while living in London (1916 until his death); see Eu1993,08.1 to 31 (Balkan textiles), As1993,25.1 to 4 (Turkish textiles) and As1993,26.1 to 6 (Chinese and Indian textiles). The New Atlantis Foundation, established to ensure the survival of his work, wish that the donation be known as the 'Mitrinovic collection'.
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