Apron (podia), womens, embroidered, wool / cord, Thessaly, Greece, 1920-1940.
The apron skirt is trapezoidal in shape and made of black twill-weave wool cloth with an applied decoration of narrow braid and cord of gold-wrapped thread. The apron probably once had a high waist band with loops at the top corners for attachment but this, if once present, is now missing. The apron was backed sometime in the 1960s with plain black wool blend fabric. The decorative application of braid divides the apron into five panels: a central waist-to-hem rectangular panel with vertical panels on either side, each of which is divided horizontally in two. Each of these panels is bordered on the inside with rows and zigzags of couched gold cord, and features large, elaborate triangular motifs in curling densely-couched embroidery. The sides and hem are decorated with narrow gold braid with ornamental picots.