#2439   Ukrainian Folk Blouse   19th C. 


Homespun medium weight gray linen, gold metallic thread, red, dark blue, tan, and gold mercerized cotton embroidery floss, heavy natural gray linen embroidery floss.

Provenance: Purchased at auction from a New England museum's de-accession lot. Originally came into museum from Balch family.

Label: Paper museum accession tag, "Russia Ukraine 17736/60  Woman's Shirt [Balch]"; and written in ink on inside blouse, "17736/60".

Condition: Excellent. There are a couple very light, unobtrusive small stains. 

Measurements:    Sh-Sh, 15"; B, 48"; Slv L, 24"; Slv C, 15.5"; Blouse L, 21"; Hem C, 50".

Comments: The homespun linen has a sumptuous hand. All of the counted thread embroidery is worked with mercerized cotton that has a silky shine to it. At the top of the shoulders are striking red and gold metallic embroidered bands that alternate with raised bands of gold thread tambour embroidery. These bands give the blouse a formal, military feeling. Workmanship on this woman's folk blouse is exceptionally fine.