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A woman's apron. Made from a single piece of tabby woven wool fabric. The central section, comprising greenish yellow, lime green and purple bands of different widths, are covered by the upper part folded over it. This, and the lower section comprise red weft faced tabby cloth, with very fine white, green and blue bands. Embroidery along top edge and much more ornate work near hemline; worked in yellow, green and black silk threads. Long red fringing at top and hemline. Ties made from strip of black cotton cloth with white stripe.
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Length: 94 centimetres (with tassels)
Width: 37 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Part of a costume from Krusevo, see Eu1995,03.49-51. Attached to this record is an image of the donor wearing this belt with the costume.
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.
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.
- Not on display
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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.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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