This is the skirt ruche, or frill, which is reported as a separate piece to the engagement outfit of Christina Ioanna Kalfa. It is assumed that this ruche would have been attached to the end of the skirt, in the same fashion that the ruche was attached to the sleeves on the jacket. It was most likely removed or being prepared to be attached to the skirt.
**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/10002. Accessed 11/30/21.