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A woman's shirt / chemise, ankle-length and sleeveless; part of festive attire. Made from natural cream tabby woven cotton cloth (slightly open weave). The full weaving width [35 cms] has been used centre front and back, together with four additional panels, creating a slightly A-line shape. Two narrow rectangular panels applied either side of long vertical centre front opening, which extends to below the waistline. Geometrical embroidery worked in maroon wool yarn predominantly (with some black), that has run into the cream-coloured ground. Black wool braid applied to edge. Very small rounded collar made from two layers of printed cloth (white spots on red 'ground'). Square-shaped armholes. Four triangular open-work panels inserted between seams near hemline: a vertical zigzag pattern worked in natural cream cotton. Drawn threadwork and a line of small, linked triangles surrounding the openwork and all around the hem, worked in yellow cotton thread. Tear upper back right (as worn).
- Production date
- 1900-1950 (?)
Length: 127 centimetres
Width: 79 centimetres (at waist)
- Curator's comments
- Eth Doc 1871: The costumes in this collection, and in Eu1993,07.1 to 61, were largely 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.
For other parts of this festive wear see: 44: apron; 45: belt; 46: coat.
Information supplementary to Eth Doc:
This chemise almost certainly had sleeves originally. Often the sleeves were removed once the custome of wearing traditional clothing had declined, and the elaborate embroidered panels made into bags and other small items, see Eu2002,02.18 and Eu2002,02.13. Such bags might also be made from sleeves given as gifts, at weddings and on other occasions.
- Not on display
- 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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