Embroidered Blouse with Balloon Sleeves | Veseli nad Moravou, Czech Republic


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Origin: Czech Republic | Moravia | Ostrozsko region | Veseli nad Moravou
Era: WWII era (circa 1930-1950)
Condition: good; extensive age spotting on sleeves; perspiration stains around collar and underarms; professional cleaning recommended to preserve pleats; suitable for both wear and display
Measurements (with garments laying flat):
   Across front: 20″ side to side + 5″ underarm gussets
   Length: 15″
   Sleeve: 19.5″ from collar to end of yellow embroidery on cuff + 10″ wide lace cuffs
   Collar: 14″ around
Additional Notes: While pleated sleeves are common throughout Moravia, the round balloon shape sleeves are some of the most exquisite and eye catching. To give the proper full shape, women would often fill out the sleeves with straw, newspaper or even create cardboard supports. The extra wide cuffs feature meticulously done openwork embroidery that would have been starched for additional dimension. Yellow, blue and white embroidery decorates the shoulders and cuffs. Two reference photos showing this style of folk dress have been included above.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs

Suitable for wear


WWII Era (circa 1930-1950)


Women's clothing