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A woman's blouse; embroidered on natural cream tabby linen ground; long sleeves, with collar. The overlapping centre front panel and round, flat collar is embroidered with raised silk thread embroidery, worked in pale yellow, green and brown silk threads, edged with cream-coloured commercial braiding (synthetic). Narrow pin tuck seams either side of panel and a vertical strip of cream cotton bobbin lace (commercial). Further pin tuck seams centre back. Sleeves, called 'rekla', set in at right angles. Large daisy flower-shaped cut work (broderie anglaise) on upper sleeve. Lower sleeve and panel on lower back of bodice embroidered with different floral motifs; worked in tones of cream, yellow, brown, green and lilac floss silk threads. Scallop-shaped cut work (drawn threadwork) worked in cream silk on fine tabby ground attached to sleeves and hem of back bodice.
- Production date
- 1900-1925 (donor information)
Length: 52 centimetres
Width: 143 centimetres (across arms)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Eth Doc 1892, no. 2b: a blouse, an 'opleče' or a 'svabica'. Made by village women from home produced linen 'domačno platno'. The front has lapels and a central panel decorated with raised silk thread embroidery and edged with purchased manufactured braid. There are eighteen narrow machined pleats on each side of the panel; the outermost one of which is edged with manufactured lace. The colour range overall is of cream and golden brown.
The centre of the back panel has thirty-three narrow machined pleats which run the whole length from the collar band to the bottom where the gathering fans out. The sleeves which are narrow became fashionable at the end of the nineteenth century. They are called 'rekla' are are set in at right angles.
The term 'svabica' comes from 'svabo' from Croat slang for German. This referred to the town influence in the cut of the garment, although some German families had settled in the area in the nineteenth century. The upper part of the sleeves are decorated with cut and edged (broderie anglais) technique in a floral design, and the lower part of the sleeve and the back 'fan' is embroidered in 'golden' colours and are both edged with homemade drawn thread work on a base of fine gauze.
Religion: Roman Catholic.
For other parts of this attire see: 6: apron; 8: skirt.
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased in 1966 by the donor from an old lady in a farmhouse on the outskirts of the town of Petrinije, Sava valley, south east of Zagreb.
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