Materials: Heavy linen, red, blue,
and black cotton embroidery floss, red and white hand made bobbin lace, heavy
drawn work lace, red and black cotton cord.
Provenance: Purchased at auction from a
New England museum's de-accession lot.
Label: Museum accession tag stapled
onto hem, "DEUTCH 21890 116".
Condition: Excellent, nearly
perfect. One lilac color stain (size of quarter) on front; damaged &
partially missing red and white bobbin lace on the cuff hems.
Measurements: Sh-Sh, 16"; B,
46"; Blouse L, 20"; Slv L, 26"; Hem C, 47".
Comments: Linen folk blouses from
Eastern Europe are cut in two distinctive ways. The Dinaric form uses
ungathered, straight cut pieces for the sleeves and body and has a slit
front placket. The Pannonian cut gathers the sleeves and bodice pieces
into a narrow neckband, also with slit front placket. This Pannonian
blouse's red, blue and black floral and geometric raised embroidery is
magnificent. Viewed from front or back this German blouse is a testament
to the art of traditional counted thread embroidery. The designs are
pleasing, well balanced, and colorful. The heavily embroidered cream on
cream drawn lace is worked in a 3" band down the back of the sleeve
and in a narrow edging on the cuffs. This hand worked geometric lace is an airy
counterpoint to the heavy, bold embroidery.