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Woman's costume

  • Place of origin:

    Romania (made)

  • Date:

    1875-1899 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Her Majesty the Queen, Buckingham Palace. R.P. 5751/1926.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Consisting of a full sleeved blouse and midi skirt embroidered with red cotton and copper gilt thread and spangle designs, and a petticoat 'apron' and long band woven in copper-gilt and silver thread, white cotton and coloured wools with geometrical patterns.

Place of Origin

Romania (made)


1875-1899 (made)


Length: 19 in T.93 Blouse, Width: 22 in T.93 Blouse, Length: 39.5 in T.93A Skirt, Width: 69 in T.93 Blouse, :, Width: 68.5 in T.93A Skirt, Length: 34.75 in T.93B Petticoat, Width: 22.25 in T.93B Petticoat, Length: 34.75 in T.93C Apron, Width: 18 in T.93C Apron, Length: 113.5 in T.93D Band, Width: 1.5 in T.93D Band

Object history note

A gift from H.M. the Queen. RP 5751/1926.

A note in the register says:

'T214 to D-1968, the same remarks also apply to T.93 to D-1926.

I showed this costume to Mme Muzicescu of the Institute of the History of Art, Bucharest. She says it is not a genuine peasant costume. The pattern of the wide border of the skirt belongs to Muscel near Arges, whereas the type of skirt in this districtr was the narrow wrap-around (see above). The pattern shoiuld not be aligned to the catrinta. The skirt is too long, since the genuine costume has a shorter overskirt, showing several inches of petticoat underneath. The petticoat and the blouse should not be seperate, but one shift. The belt is wrong, and should not have tassels. She says that in the 1920's there were societies of upper class ladies in Bucharest devoted to the preservation of peasant costume, who had costumes made up, but unfortunately while the techniques were good, they had no real knowledge of the old costumes and the resulting products were a somewhat romantic and sentimental composition drawn from the costumes of various regions. She considers that this is one of these.

P. Johnstone 17.06.1971'

Descriptive line

Ensemble, cotton embroidered in cotton, wool, copper gilt, silver thread and spangles, Romania, 1875-99.


Cotton textile; Cotton thread; Copper gilt; Spangle; Silver thread; Wool




Clothing; Embroidery; Textiles; Women's clothes; Folk Art; Regional Dress; Fashion


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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