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A woman's sash, long; bridal wear. Made from orange/red twill woven (warp faced) goat hair cloth. Fine yellow/green band (woven as stripes) in the centre flanked by plain green and black/white stripes. One end has a brown plaited cord. The other has applied cream interlaced passementerie with small polychrome sequins stitched to bottom edge; made from synthetic materials. Large ornate tassel at the (side) end; the other is stitched 56 cms from the end. They are made from red goat hair yarn and cotton, plaited towards the top.
- Production date
- 1900-1925 (donor information)
Length: 125 centimetres
Width: 54 centimetres (including tassels)
- Curator's comments
Text from Eth Doc 1892, no. 86f: An upper sash, a 'prepačka'. Made by village women from flame red goat hair thread. At the exposed end when worn are long red fringed tassels which hang over the hips. The area between has a lower strip of braid with sequins. The Mijaks are a matriarchal society of Albanian origin.
Religion: Macedonian Orthodox.
See Barber, E J W 1999, 'On the Antiquity of East Eruopean Bridal Clothing', in Welters (ed.), Folk Dress in Europe and Anatolia: 13 - 3; and Mladenovic, Vesna 1999, 'Threads of Life: Red Fringes in Macedonian Dress', in Welters, Linda (ed.): 97 - 110.
For other parts of this attire see: 139: jacket; 140: shirt / chemise; 141a + b: bridal sleeves; 142: waistcoat; 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
- Exhibition history
2011 21 Jan-11 Sep, London, British Museum, Room 2, Traditional Jewellery and Dress from the Balkans
- 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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