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An embroidered picture, a 'pictura cusuta'. An image, in outline only, of a young girl feeding a deer, embroidered on a rectangular piece of white, tabby woven cotton cloth. She wears a red ribbon in her hair, a dress with box pleats, a full apron with green spots and pocket, a basket on her right arm. A brown rabbit sits beside the deer and two trees frame the pair. Embroidery worked in red, blue, green, lilac, brown and two tones of blue cotton thread. A strip of lilac tabby cotton cloth machine stitched to form a frame. Rust marks (and holes) at each corner and mid-top and -bottom where drawing pins were once used.
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Length: 76 centimetres
Width: 43 centimetres
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These words, which loosely translate as 'Forest dear forest, what are you up to my dear?' are from a popular song, 'Dragostea din tei' ('Love of the Linden Tree') sung by the Moldovan band O-Zone. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragostea_din_tei.
Text from Eth Doc 605: 'Donated and made by Teudora Sandu. Carries phrase from a poem by Eminescu. ... Embroidered pictures on white, shop-bought cotton fabric, 'pictura cusuta', with the outline of the image only, like a cartoon. One could copy another's design by laying a clean cloth over and rubbing it with a metal spoon - where the metal rubbed the raised embroidery beneath it would leave a dark line on the clean cloth which would be used as the pattern. Some just have a picture, some with a proverb, other with pouches, 'etajera', for hair-brushes, combs and clips, or matches and other household bit and pieces. Made by Teudora Sandu as a young married woman. 1950s.'
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