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An embroidered picture, a 'pictura cusuta'; rectangular, and landscape orientated. Image of a man and woman, from head to waist only, framed with red flowers and green foliage. Embroidered, in outline only, using cotton yarns, on a natural cream tabby woven cotton cloth. The couple face each other; he wears a blue jacket and pink tie, she a red dress and green collar. Text in blue on left reads: 'onu pleca rāmai cāci, and on the right: 'tu-mi esti Dragostea din tâi'. Some staining and rust marks (and holes) at the corners, mid-top and mid-bottom, where drawing pins were once used.
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Length: 37.50 centimetres
Width: 68.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Text from Eth Doc 605: 'Portrait of a couple with the proverb 'O nu pleca ramai, caci tu-mi esti Dragostea din tai'. ... 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.'
Paper given by Sarah Posey at the University of Brighton on 1st November 2005: 'Text [on this textile given as]: 'Please don't leave me, stay with me as you are my first love'.
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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