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An unmarried girl's apron, part of festive attire. Made from a single piece of weft faced tabby woven cloth with dense red fringing at each end. Centre field has orange, and wider natural cream, bands, of different widths. The unevenly sized patterned ends (20cms and 13.5 cms) are woven with wide orange bands and narrower green and cream bands. At each warp end and extending for 6cms along each side is applied red wool fringing, wrapped with maroon woollen thread at the top. Blanket stitch embroidery, using orange wool thread, worked at selvedges (not centre field). Two narrow sections of fringing worked mid-way along selvedges.
- Production date
- 1900-1950 (?)
Length: 90 centimetres (including fringe)
Width: 30 centimetres
- 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 of the time in Skopje on a Leverhulme Scholarship.
For other parts of this festive wear see: 43: shirt/chemise; 45: belt; 46: coat.
For a discussion of the 'string skirt' or fringed apron as a symbol of fertility in European clothing, see: Barber, Elizabeth Wayland 1994: Women's Work: the First 20,000 Years: 62-3.
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.
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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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