Antique Hungarian Kalotaszeg, Kalata, Calata costume from Transylvania size M - L may be XL

Superb antique Hungarian complete costume from Transylvania, Kalotaszeg, Kalata, Calata folkloric region.

It contains 3 pieces:

1. Antique blouse hand embroidered with black woolen thread around the cuffs, tunic collar and vertical lines from under armpits to the lower hem. It is hand embroidered with black woolen thread on white batiste, grenadine, mol, a fine cotton fabric bought usually from Austro Hungary. The blouse is more than 80 years old.

Extremely scarce blouse.

Condition: excellent antique condition. At the back, probably because it was worn by many generations of women, around the neck was added more hand embroidered fabric to make the collar larger than initially it was. This new part is navy blue hand embroidered.

The blouse is washed, clean and ready to be used. But it must be washed separately because the black embroidery will bleed again. Probably not so much as it bleed when I washed it first but still I recommend dry clean it or immediately dry it in sunshine if it is washed by hand.

All those antique blouses from Kalotaszeg / Kalata area are made of the same material which bleed in water but with a proper care: mild detergent, cold water, in last water add vinegar which fix the color and dry it immediately, the blouse is not affected, the white of the cotton fabric remain clean.

Measurements: blouse's length: 57 cm or 22. 44 inches

around chest: 140 cm or 55 inches

It will fit to any size: M, L or XL because it has a lot of fabric around chest but you have to take into consideration that from the neck to the under armpit it is smaller than normal. It is still wearable for a XL size but it is not very comfortable to wear under armpits.

2. Hand pleated skirt made also of fine cotton fabric: grenadine, mol. It is pleated by hand and it is very heavy.

It is in good condition with some tinny rust stain around the waist. The skirt is not pleated in front because that part is covered by a pleated apron.

Size: skirt's length: 90 cm or 35. 43 inches

around waist: 70 cm or 27. 55 inches. .

If you want it larger you can add more fabric in front (which will be covered by apron anyway).

3. Fabulous antique, early 20 th century, hand pleated and hand embroidered apron. This apron is part of the both authentique Hungarian or Romanian costumes worn in North - West Transylvania, Kalotaszeg area, situated near Cluj Napoca.

Age: more than 70 - 80 years old

The apron is pleated by hand and is made of commercial black silk (satin) fabric. The embroideries displayed on apron are totally hand made with multicoloured silk and it is absolutely amazing.

Condition: many traces of the wear, the apron is dirty even if I dry cleaned it before to list it. The apron can not be laundry because in water the silk embroidery will bleed and on the other hand, on the back side of the apron, under the embroidery still exist the cardboard that was used like pattern for embroidery. Also few tinny holes here and there.

The red satin tie is new, I replaced it because the other one was extremely used. The black lace sewn at the middle of the apron was replaced too with new lace because the old one was broken.

It is an apron worn by 3 generation of women from Kalotaszeg / Calata region and with all those flaws that I tried at my best to capture in my photos, is still a gorgeous apron with of a museal value.

The apron's length is 80 cm or 31. 5 inches.

It must be dry clean only because the apron is totally hand pleated and hand embroidered also in silk.

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