Materials: Homespun heavy gray
linen, gold metallic thread, red, dark blue, and gold 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
Label: Paper museum accession tag, "Russia
Ukraine 17736/59 Woman's Shirt [Balch]"; and written in ink
on inside blouse, "17736/59".
Condition: Excellent. One dark
smudged stain on left side, towards back, 1.5"X1".
Measurements: Sh-Sh, 15.5"; B,
44"; Slv L, 24.5"; Slv C, 16.5"; Blouse L, 20"; Hem
Comments: At the top of the
shoulders colorful red and blue embroidered bands alternate with bands
of gold thread tambour stitch embroidery. Below these bands is a
distinctive 2.5" width of geometric embroidery, done in gray
linen floss on the natural gray linen. From a slight distance this gray
on gray embroidery looks like open-work lace. The rest of the sleeves are
worked in diagonal, alternating designs with blue, red and gold cotton