About this object


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. Francis Sumner, the donor's brother, gave it to the donor 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 sash is constructed in three panels: a long embroidered central panel with two woven and beaded end panels. The centre panel of off-white linen fabric is embroidered on each edge in black, rust-red, and dark red diamond- shaped geometric designs in cross-stitch, satin stitch, and chain stitch with brass sequins incorporated into the design. The end panels of orange, dark red, metallic silver, and gold tapestry weave are trimmed with clear and coloured glass beads, metallic gold braid, and silver rickrack. Rust-red and dark red fringes trimmed with glass beads and beads made of brass tubing are added at each end.