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A woman's blouse; embroidered, with large, long sleeves. Ground made from natural cream tabby woven linen cloth. Front and back of bodice and top of sleeves finely gathered and stitched onto narrow neck band. Centre front opening (stitched at hemline) fastened with three white plastic buttons. A vertical line of identical, diamond-patterned embroidery worked either side of centre front opening, using stranded red cotton and polycrome wool (with synthetic) yarns (some if not all chemically dyed?). The upper two thirds of the outer sides of the sleeves embroidered with floral patterning, using the same materials as before. Sleeves gathered at the wrist; neck band and sleeve band covered with red embroidered (?) trim. Cream linen (?) open-work (?), stitched to sleeve ends.
- Production date
- 1920s (Or earlier (donor information))
Length: 47 centimetres
Width: 178 centimetres (across arms cut to cut)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Eth Doc 1892, no.6: A blouse, an 'opleče'. Made by village women from home produced linen 'domačno platno'. The wide sleeves are set into the central panels at right angles and are gathered together with the panels onto a narrow neck band. The Slavs would have become familiar with this type of construction when they arrived in the 6th century. Locally worn Roman type garments. The garment is sewn by hand, and there is narrow multi-pleating on the front and back of central panels, a technique of using the finger nails when the cloth is damp. The upper two thirds of the outer sides of the sleeves are covered with woollen embroidery in soft locally made dyes, in the stylized flora design using a technique called 'vultek'. The sleeves are gathered at the wrist on to a band. The frill is edged with cream manufactured lace. There are panels of geometric embroidery on each side of the front opening.
Religion: Roman Catholic.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by the donor in the early 1960s from a friend who found it in the market in Zagreb.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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