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White cotton embroidered pillowcase. About an inch from the edge there is small strip of cut work that goes around the entire case. In the top two corners of this cut work there are two small white flowers that hade been stitched on. In the center of the cut work there is a larger frame like embroidered design. At the very top, in the two corners of this next design there is a florarl like design, which are connected by a geometric band. Under the band are two sets of a dimond shap with curved lines coming off of it. Going down vertically from the patter is more cut work that finished off the sides and base of the framing. The back side is very plain and only has the four closure buttons on it.
Designed and embroidered by Evangelia Hadzisteliou, born in Smyra in 1898; she fled to Athens with her family to escape the Turks in the burning of Smyrna in 1922. She had her son in 1934 and her daughter, Theodora, in 1938.She passed away in Athen in 1978. She was was a very talented painted and embrodery designer, and worked as such in Athens, supporting her whole family and putting through medical school her older brother. This item is an original design of hers and was also embroidered and sawn by hand.
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Pillowcase, 1930s, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/7786. Accessed 12/09/21.