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, 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

Long cream vest with embroidery, fringe and beads. The vest has centre opening with no fasteners. The vest is close-fitting to the waist, then flares by means of triangular inserts in the side seams. The lower front pieces overlap at the centre and the bottom corners are fastened up. There is a small pocket concealed in the lower right front seam. The large embroidery panels are hand sewn and cover the neck, upper front, sides and bottom hem. The panels have a geometric design in red-orange, black and off-white, metal beads and fringe. The inside is unlined.