- Museum number
A woman's shirt / chemise; upper-calf length, with three-quarter sleeves. Made from natural cream tabby woven cotton cloth (centre front to back waistline made from a single piece of cloth); hand spun and hand woven. Six panels in total, with full weaving width of 31 cms. Centre front opening to waistline; small stand-up collar; undecorated. Long, straight sleeves set in at right angles. Black with some orange counted thread embroidery worked at sleeve ends and hemline. Centre front panel has just a small dentate pattern and overstitching at edge. Two broad vertical 'columns' of orange and black embroidery worked 27.5 cms from hemline at centre back. Many different types of embellishment added to hemline, subsequent to original manufacture. This includes green and purple chain stitch embroidery, worked in wool and synthetic yarns; passementerie ribbons; differently shaped polychrome plastic (?) beads, some hanging below the hemline; yellow synthetic interlaced ribbon; silver-coloured metal sequins; black commercial cotton crocheted trim; and a line of coins.
- Production date
Length: 118 centimetres
Width: 88 centimetres (across arms)
- Curator's comments
- Coins at hem of various denominations, with markings in Cyrilic and Arabic, with the earliest date being 1912, and the latest 1937.
For other parts of this attire see: 44: apron and 45: jacket.
Information supplementary to Eth Doc:
For a complete costume of this type from Bitola, see Elizabeth Wayland Barber and Barbara Belle Sloan, 'Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe. A History in Layers', Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, 2013, pp. 96-100, Figs. 1.68a-c.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number