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A woman's chemise; calf-length, with long sleeves. Made from natural cream tabby woven cotton cloth (of different shades). Centre front and back made from a single piece of cloth; hand spun and hand woven. Five panels in total, with full weaving width of 35 cms. Centre front opening to hipline. Embroidered panel (older than undecorated parts of shirt) applied to top of centre front opening. A vertical line of cutwork framed by a vertical line of rhomoid-shaped motifs on a solid red ground; worked in white and tones of yellow and green silk thread and red and green woollen yarns. Neck fastened with a single metal hook and eye. Long, straight sleeves set in at right angles (also older than main garment). Finely worked cutwork and counted thread embroidery for 25 cms from sleeve ends; a line of crosses ('+') at the inner edge. Worked in same materials as neckline, with the addition of maroon wool yarn. Three blocks of red wool fringing at each sleeve end. Embroidered (?) decoration (faggoting?) for 23.5 cms from hemline at each seam.
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Length: 115 centimetres
Width: 149 centimetres (including fringing)
- Curator's comments
- Part of a costume from Krusevo, see Eu1995,03.48 and 50-51. 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.
- 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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