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Lyman Collection

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Small wool coat, small collar. Entire coat is edged with gold and black striping. Front of coat is decorated mainly in two bands along the right and left breast of the coat. Hand woven in gold thread, each band on each side is identical and about 4 cm in width. Within each band, there are little flowers of: blue, pink, green and maroon. Also, there are what look like gold leaves that come out of this gold band design and go into and are of solid black and white stripes. Solid black and white stripes are about 7.5 cm in width. The sleeves measure about 16 cm; there are black and white strips in which there is a pink and red flower on the top side where the sleeve rides the shoulder and outer arm, and also two other bands of color: maroon with black stripes and black/gray, running horizontally. There are slits under the arm pits about 3 cm long to allow the garment to breathe. The back is mostly solid black and white stripes, with more gold thread decoration extending from the color down about 10 cm. There are two pink and red flowers exactly in the middle of the back with silver and gold stems and leaves. The collar is blue cloth background and four rows of gold thread lining for decoration. Inside lined with white, black and red cloth, possibly wool. Arm span measures about 68 cm across. Old catalogue tag reads "7093 abba." Accession File states: "7093 Coat, Turkish 'Abba.' Hand woven wool waterproof. Gold, silver, and colors woven in. Worn by the Wealthier class. Plain black and white coats like this are common coats of the Natives in Asia Minor."


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Marash, Turkey


Rev. James Kerr Lyman


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