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Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Coat
Place Made: Europe: Eastern Europe, Balkans, Albania
Period: Late 19th to early 20th century
Date: 1880 - 1920
Dimensions: L 112 cm x W 140 cm
Materials: Cotton; silver thread; gold thread; silk; glass bead
Techniques: Velvet; hand-sewn
ID Number: T85.0202
Credit: Gift of Owen Shime

This jacket was made for a festive occasion, and was worn by well-to-do citizens such as nobles and officials. It is covered with swirling floral patterns sewn in gold braid on rich purple velvet. These embroidered plant motifs show the influence of the Ottomans, who ruled the Balkan States and the regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea for hundreds of years.