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A woman's apron, a 'zastor'; ankle-length, gathered in fine pleats onto a waistband; hand and machine stitched. Made from two equal sized pieces of natural cream tabby woven linen cloth, stitched together along one of the selvedges. A 39 cms deep embroidered panel above a 17 cms one. Floral patterning, worked in polychrome artificial silk (?). The sides and hemline have a 10 cms wide floral patterned band, executed in drawn thread work (cut work) using white synthetic threads on a cream cotton (?) ground.
- Production date
- 1900-1925 (donor information)
Length: 98 centimetres
Width: 44 centimetres (at waist)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Eth Doc 1892, no. 2c: Made by village women from two vertically joined panels of homemade linen, 'domačno platno' woven from flax yarn over flax or hemp warp. The panels are multi-pleated with concertina pleats which dovetail into a box pleat to form a 'sausage' which is bound around and stored in a chest. The apron is ankle length and is almost entirely covered with silk embroidery in brilliant colours; in a floral design using a traditional long stitch technique. The edge has a band of homemade white drawn thread work on a gauze base.
Religion: Roman Catholic.
Information supplementary to Eth Doc:
See Curator's Comments on Eu1997,04.1 for an historical account (1940s) of Croatian women's clothing in Zagreb. For a range of Croatian costumes with aprons of this type, see Elizabeth Wayland Barber and Barbara Belle Sloan, 'Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe. A History in Layers', Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, 2013, pp. 106-13.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased in 1966 by the donor from an old lady in a farmhouse on the outskirts of the town of Petrinije, Sava valley, south east of Zagreb.
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