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Decorative strip from the base of a skirt, decorated with couched embroidery on patchwork pieces of red, green and some blue fulled wool fabric. Save for each end, which is undecorated [25 cm each], the strip is decorated with a continuous scrolling design in the upper, and individual curvilinear motifs in the lower, larger register. The decoration is worked in white, orange, green, and blue plaiting couched onto a tabby woven ground. Additional filling embroidery. Curved when flat.
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Length: 139 centimetres
Width: 11 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Compare with Eu1993,08.3, from the collection of Dimitrijc Mitrinovic.
Garments with similar decoration as border ornaments were found along the coast and inland into Bosnia. Skirts and sleeveless coats with similar borders at the base occur at Kalic in the Ravni Kotari region of northern Dalmatia, inland from the town of Zadar. They were worn by Roman Catholic and Serbian Orthodox peoples. [information from Ken Ward 21.4.2008].
For a late 19th century 'zubun' (sleeveless coat) decorated with similar bands of embroidery from Topusko (Sisak and Moslavina County), Croatia, see Jasna Bjeladinović-Jergić, 'Traditional Culture of the Serbs in Serbian Krajina and Croatia, exhibition catalogue, Ethnographic Museum, Belgrade 2000, p. 156. For further examples of 'zubuns' or 'sadaks' (a shoter coat than the 'zubun') with similar embroidered bands, see Mirjana Menković, 'Zubun chemise. Belgrade Ethnographic Museum's Nineteenth to Mid-Twentieth Century Collection', Belgrade 2009, pp. 92-3, no. 3 (the example referred to above) and pp.94-7, nos. 6, 10 and 11, from Dalmatia (Croatia). On no. 11, from Bukovitsa, north of Ravni Kotari, the double row of embroidered patterns on the hem are identical to those on this band. See also J. R. Rib aric, 'Folk Costumes of Croatia', Zagreb 1975, unpaginated illustration of garments with similar borders.
However, closely similar embroidered bands decorated the hems of 'sadaks' in Bosnia, see Jasna Bjeladinović, 'Serbian Ethnic Dress in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries', Ethnographic Museum, Belgrade 2011, p. 105, pl. 169 (J. Rudoe Dec 2011).
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- Acquisition notes
- Bought by the donor in Peć market in 1960.
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