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A woman's head-scarf, part of festive attire. Made of a square piece of natural cream tabby woven cotton cloth (commercially made), with one corner folded and stitched. The folded side is undecorated; the remaining four sides have a dark red embroidered band at the edge; worked in mercerised cotton (?) yarn. Nine bundles of applied cream cotton fringing sewn along border at regular intervals.
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Length: 77 centimetres
Width: 112 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Eth Doc 1871: The costumes in this collection, and in Eu1993,07.1 to 61, were largley collected by Di Waller and Dan Lumley in the 1960s and early 1970s when Di Waller was based for some for the time in Skopje on a Leverhulme Scholarship.
This costume would have first been worn by the bride on her wedding day and, once married, on feast days and special occasions. The remote village of Galičnik, high in the mountains near the Albanian border, is famed for its mass weddings which always took place on St John's Day in early summer when the men returned from work abroad.
For other parts of this festive wear see: 7: shirt; 8: coat; 9: jacket; 10: jacket; 11: waistcoat; 13: apron; 14: belt; 15: scarf
For a detailed description of how and the order in which this item of clothing was worn as part of a whole costume, see Eu1997,04.131
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 3&4
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by the vendor from a family from Galičnik living in Skopje.
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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