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A woman's jacket. Hip-length; made from parts of a woman's old shirt / chemise. Straight in the body, with long sleeves and a collar, its loose ends twisted and stitched onto front, with a round brass-coloured metal button as ornament. Ground made from natural cream tabby woven cotton cloth. Centre front opening edged with with yellow wool trimming (interlaced). Solid counted thread embroidery for 17.5 cms at sleeve ends; three registers of geometric patterning, notably triangles, worked in pink, yellow, red, green, blue and black woollen thread. Two darts at bustline, and two at shoulder back. Concealed pockets near front hem. Bright yellow cotton lining (with synthetic). Ground fabric much stained.
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Length: 71 centimetres
Width: 120 centimetres (across arms)
- Curator's comments
- Eth Doc1869: Dimitrije Mitrinovic (1887-1953) was a Serbian philosopher who made a collection of Balkan (and other) textiles while living in London (1916 until his death); see Eu1993,08.1 to 31 (Balkan textiles), As1993,25.1 to 4 (Turkish textiles) and As1993,26.1 to 6 (Chinese and Indian textiles). The New Atlantis Foundation, established to ensure the survival of his work, wish that the donation be known as the 'Mitrinovic Collection'.
In the opinion of Ken Ward (donor) and Di Waller (vendor) this jacket was made from an old chemise, with patterning typical of this area of Macedonia. (The sleeves are much older than the lining.)
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- Acquisition notes
- Text from Eth Doc 1869: Some of the early textiles were acquired by Dimitrije Mitrinovic at auction etc. whilst living in London in the 1930s. Others were bought by friends who visited Yugoslavia in the 1950s. Some of the textiles were displayed at Ditchling Museum, West Sussex in the late 1980s. Text on labels attached to some of the textiles were written by the Trustees of the New Atlantis Foundation and the Ditchling Museum's curator, with outside specialist advice.
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