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A woman's wool apron. Rectangular in shape and made of one piece of multicoloured tapestry woven fabric. Horizontal zigzag patterning alternates with patterning containing a line of six diamond motifs. They are worked in white cotton and yellow, maroon, green, purple, orange and black wools. These patterns are separated by solid red, green, brown and blue/black bands. The sides (the selvedges) and hem of the apron have blanket stitch embroidery, worked in yellow wool yarn. The top is turned and hand stitched. The apron ties are missing.
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Length: 82 centimetres
Width: 51 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The following information kindly supplied by Miriam Milgram (30.3.2011): these are from a group of related villages that also include Tuhovishte, F'rgovo and Bogolin, all Bulgarian Moslem (Pomak) villages. The design is locally known as "makazi" (information from Tuhovishte and Slashten), meaning "scissors" and both elderly informants commented that it is to "cut the evil eye". Similar naming conventions in neighboring villages identified a motif as "little axe" with the same intent.
See also Eu1995,03.29 for a similar apron.
Recording her visit to the Pomak region in south Bulgaria 1972, Mercia MacDermott described Pomak women's clothing in detail, see M. MacDermott, 'Once upon a time in Bulgaria', Manifasto Press 2016, pp. 228-9.
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- Acquisition notes
- The items in this collection (Eu1995,03.1 to 90) were primarily collected during periods of residence by the donor in Bulgaria between 1963 and 1989.
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