Materials: Homespun medium weight
gray linen, gold metallic thread, red, dark blue, tan, and gold
mercerized cotton embroidery floss, heavy natural gray linen embroidery
Provenance: Purchased at auction from a
New England museum's de-accession lot. Originally came into museum from
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,
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.