Yesterday I commented on my own post about a very horrible seller I encountered in the morning markets. I would have walked off except that he had three things I desperately wanted, for myself. I have a small list in my head of certain things I want, and I will often wait years until I find the precise thing. Such is the case with these two absolute stunners- I think I have had a certain type of peasant blouse in my head for over a decade. It has to be the right one! And yesterday I scored two and it was worth having a rather sharp discussion with a man in a very terrible mood.
Now I am going to ask les internautes (you lovelies) for help on several fronts. Firstly, where are these from? I think mostly they are Eastern European, but a small voice says they may in fact be Moroccan. Can anybody tell? I've taken closeups of both the front, back and sleeve patternings. The embroidery is silk, the blouses themselves I think but can't be sure are cotton gauze, they could also be silk but I'm pretty sure cotton. Which brings me to my next question- these were very musty and smelt mouldy when I bought them. My usual answer to mould is incredibly hot water, preferably boiling. That can't happen to these- neither can strong sunlight. In a professional conservation setting they would be gently cleaned with ethyl alcohol but I can't do that! Any suggestions, and for cleaning and re-setting fine silk tassels? Lastly, the final picture shows some small tears in the gauze- should these be backed, and with what ideally? Many thanks for advice!
I am also changing my general posting time from late night here to mid-morning- for those people watching out for pieces. I was trying to catch my home country in their morning but I am finding that instead I end up on the screen until midnight or past and then am so wired I can't sleep. Need sleep! You can ask to be notified when I post, I think, but I don't exactly know how. More questions for les internautes...#antiquetextiles #vintagetextiles #peasantblouses #easterneuropeantextiles #moroccantextiles #eastereuropeanembroidery #moroccanembroidery #brocant #gauze