About this object

History of use

Blue and white embroideries are part of an ancient domestic tradition. Designs vary geographically but are constant within generations of families except for minor individual variations. Often used to decorate the bed which traditionally played a focal part in household ritual particularly at the new year when all household spirits were honored. They are family made, by women, and family owned. These embroideries were of no local commercial value.

Cultural context


Iconographic meaning

Butterfly; joy, conjugal felicity.

Physical description

White jacket with embroidery. The jacket has a round neck, wide sleeves and centre opening with brass frog closures. There are wide black borders around the neck, sleeves and centre opening. On the front, back and sleeves are butterfly motifs embroidered in black. The inside is unlined.