Sleeveless coat from Shkodër
This sleeveless coat from Shkodër (Scutari) on the Albanian-Montenegrin border demonstrates a remarkable degree of craftsmanship in its lavish use of gold cord, variety of curvilinear shapes, and use of negative space. The density of applied work against velvet is meant to replicate a rich and complex compound weave. The motifs show influences drawn from Ottoman design and demonstrate the cross-cultural effects of the region.
Title: Sleeveless coat from Shkodër
Date: Fourth quarter 19th century
Medium: Silk, metal
Timeline of Art History: Southern Europe, 1800-1900 A.D.
Preserved by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Credit: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Van S. Merle-Smith, 1933.