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A woman's back apron; wide and short, with voluminous fringing. Ground cloth made weft faced stripes (woven as bands) using red, green and grey wool and gold- and silver metal-wrapped threads. (Ground visible on back is tabby woven linen cloth.) The sides and hem decorated with passementerie (fan-shaped, using metal thread) on a pink and green woven ground (inner); geometric patterned beadwork (small yellow, red, green, dark brown, turqouise and dark blue plastic (?) beads on a light blue 'ground'); framed by plaited metal thread as before (outer). Long black wool fringing from hemline and sides; shorter fringing stitched to top. Apron lined with cream wool knitted cloth. Fastened with large metal hook and choice of two eyes. Strip of cream tabby cotton cloth stitched to centre front lining, the ends forming two ties.
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Length: 48 centimetres
Width: 86 centimetres (approx excluding ties)
- Curator's comments
Di Waller and Ken Ward (who have, respectively, sold and donated textiles to the Museum) suggest that this apron was worn by a woman whose husband was an Uskok. Uskoks conducted raids in the Adriatic, making their living through piracy rather than through agriculture. See: Longworth, Philip 1979, 'The Zengg Uskoks Reconsidered' in: The Slavonic and East European Review 57: 348 - 368.
For a discussion of the 'string skirt' or fringed apron as a symbol of fertility in European clothing, see: Barber, Elizabeth Wayland 1994: Women's Work: the First 20,000 Years: 62-3.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased through BM Society Eastern European Purchase Grant.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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