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Meg Wilkinson
Meg Wilkinson • 1 year ago

This skirt is signed in embroidered stitches by its maker, Maria Papadopoula, and dated 1757. The top pleated edge is intended to be worn not around the waist but higher, under the arms, held in place by shoulder straps. It is constructed from five loom-widths of a mixed cotton and linen. The opening down the middle of the central width would have allowed room for it to be put on, and also facilitated breast-feeding.

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  • Robin Wells

    Thanks for your note and reminiscence. How cool. This ensemble is astonishingly wonderful, isn't it? Craftsmanship, beauty, joy, and more than undoubtedly do not understand. Want to see more.

  • Sandra Lee Larsen

    Your comments too are so appreciated, for recognition of long ago, and not so long ago (in St. George...who knew?!), recognition of true crafts(wo)manship! Can you imagine the humidity and hot, sweaty weather...probably outdoors...where this artistic endeavor was created? I can, as a native of Dade County, FL...and one reason (the weather) why I'm not living in S. CA! I too wonder at the 'why' of the patterns...something else to explore!

  • Robin Wells

    You are kind. And I can imagine the sweaty weather. Though not Florida, the Chicago area where I grew up was plenty bad. And now I'm in Northern California.

  • Sandra Lee Larsen

    Thanks for your reply, Robin! Florida, Texas & South Carolina, all ports of call I've had are very humid...good for plants, but bugs like them too! Not so here in southern California...not even gusting winds as we're seeing on news...a gentle breeze. Happy tales...

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Dress, cotton and silk, Apron, silk and wool, 19th century, Romanian.