About this object

History of use

This type of apron would have been worn on festive occasions.


This garment is Macedonian in style, even though it was collected in Serbia. It may have originally come from around the village of Bitolj (Bitola), Macedonia. It was purchased from a peasant woman who needed money. The donor's brother, Francis Sumner, gave it her on the occasion of her marriage (July 31, 1915) to a member of the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles from B.C.

Physical description

A woman's heavily ornamented apron. Has a central panel of orange, gold, dark red, and black tapestry weave in a diamond pattern. The sides and bottom are appliqued with metallic gold, silver ribbon, silver braid, and silver rickrack, brass beads, multi-coloured metal sequins, beads made of brass tubing and red- orange fringe. A bottom panel, which is wider than the main body of the apron, is consisting of three rows of thick fringe in orange, red-orange, and black, brass beads, and tubing, of which, this section is backed with burlap. The top of the apron is trimmed with a thick braid of black wool. This garment is very heavy and stiff.