|Type:||Clothing - Garment|
|Place Made:||Europe: Eastern Europe, Balkans, Albania|
|Period:||Late 19th to early 20th century|
|Date:||1880 - 1920|
|Dimensions:||L 112 cm x W 140 cm|
|Materials:||Cotton; silver thread; gold thread; silk; glass bead|
|Credit:||Gift of Owen Shime|
This jacket was made for a festive occasion, and was worn by well-to-do citizens such as nobles and officials. It is covered with swirling floral patterns sewn in gold braid on rich purple velvet. These embroidered plant motifs show the influence of the Ottomans, who ruled the Balkan States and the regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea for hundreds of years.