Stunning antique folk costume apron from the tekov region of slovakia. Made of black cloth (actually very dark navy, indigo dye) with pleating, smocking, beaded trim, and embroidery. Features a very wide waistband typical of this region at the turn of the last century. Decorative pointed scalloped edges on the sides. Very wide and could be worn as a skirt if desired, but traditionally worn as an apron over a skirt of matching material.I have included photos showing this style of apron in use at the turn of the 19th century. Measurements are approximate and taken with article(s) laying flat.
Waistband: 7" wide x 29" around. Condition: good with damage to the trim and general signs of age and use commensurate with age. Some surface stains, namely along bottom edge.
It appears as though a row of ribbon was removed at some point, but this does not affect the overall presentation of the apron. A note regarding condition: all of the costumes and textiles that i sell are vintage and have typically seen decades of use resulting in expected wear and tear that add to the history and authenticity of each piece. In case of above-average wear, i will mention any significant damages and heavy signs of use. Small holes or stains, missing sequins/beads, worn trim, and other marks related to standard wear are common and do not detract from the value of most pieces.Please keep in mind that a vintage textile or garment in very good condition might still show signs of use, storage and age. For consulting services in ethnographic textile care, collection management, storage, exhibition, and preservation, search the web for ellis island vintage. Thank you for visiting my shop.