Gala Ensemble for a Woman from Baranello, Molise, Italy
Gala ensemble for special events such as Sundays, festivals, weddings, and even burial. The costume itself reflects the wearer's social position. The headdress was worn only by a married woman, as were the fringed belt and lowered bodice front; the lavish jewelry (here reproduction) and elaborate ornament, such as that on the apron, were used to demonstrate wealth. The shape of the apron, a folded, flat rectangle under a brilliantly colored tie, shows off the borders of figured silk ribbon and the embroidery, which includes birds and flowers around a vase, a symbol of riches.
Artist/maker unknown, Italian