Fine linen white cutwork burder flowers and leaves. Center of cloth satin stitch initial M with delicate flower embroidery.
Donor's mother donated the table cloth which she embroidered herself for her dowry.
Her mother, Katina Moratiou, was born in Turkey in 1889. She was the oldest of 8 children. Her father Nicholas grew tobacco and managed a large farm. They moved to Greece to avoid problems in Turkey, losing everything. Katina was forced to move to America and manufactured fine clothing. She was forced to change her name and ethnicity on her passport because there was a barrier on how many Greeks were allowed to enter the country at the time.
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Tablecloth, 1889, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/6672. Accessed 01/18/21.