- Museum number
A woman's bridal headscarf; square. Ground made from natural cream cotton sheeting (tabby woven), industrially made. Embroidered along entire length of two sides and on half of the remaining two. Two solid dark red lines with an interrupted line between, worked in red silk yarn, with plyed gold-coloured metal-wrapped thread at very edge. Thirteen blocks of white cotton fringing applied to embroidered edges. Stained.
- Production date
- 1900-1925 (donor information)
Length: 73 centimetres
Width: 73 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Eth Doc 1892, no. 86h: A bridal headscarf, a 'darpna sa glavu'. Made by women from a large square of purchased cotton. Three sides have the edges embroidered in cherry red coloured cotton, which also support eleven long white tassels. The edges are lined with red cotton. The scarf is worn over the forehead with the tassels hanging at the back over the shoulders. 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; 142: waistcoat; 143: coat; 144: upper sash; 145: bridal apron; 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
- Registration number