This is an apron made out of black and brown woven fabric. It has pattern of brown flowers with black centers woven into the fabric. The apron is pleated, with just a few pleats at the top and many pleats at the bottom. There is also horizontal pleating on the bottom. The bottom section is separated from the top by a seam. There is a pocket sewn into one side of the apron. The ties are the same color as the apron at the beginning, but then change color. The end of one tie is black and the other is black and gray with red squares. The lining of the apron is made of a purple fabric patterned with small white crosses. The apron has cat hair on the back and there is some staining, discoloration, and wear in one area where it looks like the apron might have been burned.
This apron was donated by Helen Adinolfi as part of a traditional Greek costume. The costume was worn by Adinolfi's mother, Fotini, at her wedding to Stylianos Dedes in January 1929 in Epirus, Greece. Traditional costumes like this are based on clothing historically worn in Greece. The costumes vary depending on the region of origin. They are generally worn for special occasions and celebrations.This inner apron would have been worn over the skirt and under the outer apron.
Photos of Helen Adinolfi wearing the costume are included in the donor file.
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Apron, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/10922. Accessed 04/11/21.