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A woman's waistcoat, an 'elek'. Straight in the body, hip-length, with square-cut armholes. Made from natural cream tabby woven cotton cloth; machine made; hand stitched. Two rectangular pieces of dark brown velvet cotton cloth stitched to either side of centre front opening, small stand-up collar. Twenty-one pairs of gold- and one pair of silver- (bottom pair) -coloured metal filigree buttons stitched near each edge. One vertical plaited gold-coloured metal-wrapped cord stitched to edge and five further cords stitched on other side of buttons. Two panels of yellow and black striped tabby cotton cloth stitched to outer side of applied velvet cloth.
- Production date
- 1900-1925 (donor information)
Length: 61 centimetres
Width: 48 centimetres (under arms)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Eth Doc 1892, 86d: Made by men tailors from manufactured cotton. The front panels, ‘poli’, have facings, ‘predintecite’, of dark brown velvet, ‘kadife’, with five rows of gold military braid, one of which continues around the collar, ‘kori’. Each panel have twenty-two gold filigree buttons (silversmiths’ work) and is outlined with a band of red and gold coloured striped cloth. The Mijaks are a matriarchal society of Albanian origin.
Religion: Macedonian Orthodox.
For other parts of this attire see: 139: jacket; 140: shirt / chemise; 141a + b: bridal sleeves; 143: coat; 144: upper sash; 145: bridal apron; 146: headscarf; 147: scarf; 148: socks; 149: silver buckle; 150: head decoration; 151: coin chain.
For a detailed description of how and the order in which this item of clothing was worn as part of a whole costume, see Eu1997,04.131
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Obtained for the donor in the 1960s by Živko Firfov of the Folklore Institute in Skopje.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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