Albanian costume

late 1900s

British Museum

British Museum

A woman's scarf; square. Brightly coloured, worn around the waist; part of festive attire. Made of shiny synthetic twill woven fabric with damask patterning. Dark red leaf motifs on a purple ground in the centre field. Border designs comprise lines of seven-petalled blossoms within a circle on all four sides; worked in tones of red and yellow. Macrame fringing, worn away is some sections.

Compare with Eu1994,01.15.See Images for record 2008,8011.1: two colour photographs showing Old Turkish market street in Krujë; taken by vendor at the time she acquired this textile.

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  • Title: Albanian costume
  • Date Created: late 1900s
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 82.5 centimetres Width: 81 centimetres (excl fringes)
  • Provenance: Purchased from Sheila Paine
  • Place: Krujë, Albania
  • Copyright: © The Trustees of The British Museum
  • British Museum link: 2008,8011.1-13