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A woman's apron, a 'futa'. Made from two equal sized pieces of tapestry woven wool cloth sewn together along one selvedge. Patterning comprises two bands (woven as vertical elements) of three large diamond motifs. The predominant colour is red, with a large geometric pattern worked inside each diamond motif using pink, green, blue and black wool yarn and gold- and silver-coloured metal-wrapped thread. Each diamond motif is surrounded by black (inner) and white (outer) zagged lines. Each line of diamonds is framed by a line of white 'V' and inverted 'V'-shaped motifs (with pink and either blue or green shapes inside), repeated at the sides. Cream cotton lacework stitched to most of sides and hemline. Polychrom plastic (?) sequins stitched to blue braid covering central horizontal seam. A white, pink and green plaited cord secured across top of apron with blanket stitch embroidery, worked in red wool yarn, forms the ties. Part of right tie missing.
- Production date
- 1950s (donor information)
Length: 64 centimetres
Width: 69 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Eth Doc 1892, no. 75c: Woven by village women from goat hair thread, made locally and professionally dyed by men. Made from two identical panels on a narrow portable loom and joined horizontally. The overall colour is of a brilliant red with six large diamonds outlined with black chevrons and white zigzags. Inset are ‘insect’ designs in plum red, blue, green, and gilt and silver thread. There are further insect motifs in the alternate spaces. Each panel has vertical borders in red with white outlined coloured chevrons, and vertical borders also in red but with the chevrons divided and edged in black. There is a narrow strip of braid across the seam, and the apron is edged with purchased lace. There is a plaited woollen tie cord that passes through loops. When worn the apron is gathered at the top.
The richness of the design and workmanship has a link with the rich culture the Slavs encountered when they arrived in the sixth century AD both Byzantine and also of the Coptic Church. They already had well developed skills and the elements which identified the wearer's village and tribal grouping were retained, as well as other symbolic ornaments
Religion: Macedonian Orthodox.
For other parts of this attire see: 113: shirt; 114: jacket; 116: sash; 117: bead necklace.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by the donor in the early 1970s in Skopje.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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