This is the neck ruche or frill, which is reported as a separate piece to the engagement outfit of Christina Ioanna Kalfa. This ruche is placed along the collar, around the neck portion of the jacket. This ruffled piece matches the "first set of ruffles" on the sleeves, as reported on the jacket file. They are made of the same army-green color, but the material seems to be a bit more like satin. The back side of the ruffles is a medium brown color, and the end and middle areas have hot pink thread used as stitching.
**For full family history, see donor file**
This was the engagement outfit of the donor's great-grandmother, Christina Ioanna Kalfa. Christina was the mother of Katherine (Hadzi Vasiliou) Emmanuel, who immigrated to the United States in August of 1920, through Ellis Island, NY, accompanied by her soon-to-be husband's cousin. Upon arrival in America, Katherine had her mother's 1881 engagement outfit in her posession. Katherine intended to alter it for herself. The alterations were not done. Consequently, the two-piece outfit is dismantled, although its fabric is in pristine condition. Katherine's daughter, Nancy Anna Emmanuel Zabit, passed the engagement outfit on to her daughter, Cleo Zabit Venetos, who in turn donated it to the National Hellenic Museum in 2013.
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Ruche, 1881 – 1882, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/10001. Accessed 03/24/23.