A woman's sash


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A woman's sash, long; bridal wear. Made from orange/red twill woven (warp faced) goat hair cloth. The top third (a selvedge) turned inwards and stitched. Fine yellow/green band (woven as stripes) flanked by a plain green stripe. One end has a brown plaited cord. The other has applied cream and pale blue passementerie (wrapped cords), stitched to bottom edge. Made from synthetic yarns, and four separate ornate tassels. Two are stitched 50 cms from the end. One comprises two-tone and plain silk yarns stitched to two short plaited cords (silver-coloured metal-wrapped thread on a yellow cotton ground). A Turkish coin is stitched to the front. The other tassel is made from the same yarn as the cloth; some of the top holding cloth has come undone from the sash. The tassels at the end are the same, except that the red tassel is wider.

Text from Eth Doc 1892, no. 85f: An upper sash, a 'prepačka'. Woven by village women from dyed goat hair in a flame coloured [red], long length. The Mijaks are a matriarchal society of Albanian descent (Gegha tribe). Variants of the costume as a whole are found outside the Mijak tribal area.
Religion: Macedonian Orthodox. For other parts of this attire see: 127: jacket; 128: shirt; 129: bridal sleeves; 130: waistcoat; 131: coat; [135: socks;] 136: silver buckle; 137: head decoration; 138: coin chain.
Information supplementary to Eth Doc:
See Barber, E J W 1999, 'On the Antiquity of East European Bridal Clothing', in Welters (ed.), Folk Dress in Europe and Anatolia: 13 - 31; and Mladenovic, Vesna 1999, 'Threads of Life: Red Fringes in Macedonian Dress', in Welters, Linda (ed.): 97 - 110.
For a detailed description of how this item was worn as part of a whole costume, see Eu1997,04.131.

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  • Title: A woman's sash
  • Date Created: 1900-1925
  • Location Created: Galičnik, Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic)
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 200 centimetresWidth: 50 centimetres (including tassels)
  • Provenance: Given by Ken Ward
  • Copyright: © The Trustees of The British Museum
  • British Museum link: Eu1997,04.132


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