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Curtain - Tapestry Style, Cotton, Istanbul, pre 1914 Object Reg. No: HT 2242

Summary:
Cotton tapestry style single curtain from Istanbul, made before 1914. It was brought to Australia by Lili Sigalas (nee Vrahamis), when she migrated to Australia in 1922 to marry Letho Sigalas. The curtain had hung in Lili's mother's house first in Istanbul and then in Athens. It was one of a number of pairs of curtains used for windows in winter and internal doors in summer. Perhaps it was a dowry gift to Lili from Callirrhoe. Lili and Letho were married at the Greek Orthodox Church on Victoria Parade, Melbourne in 1923. Lili was active in the Melbourne Greek community and was a member of the International Club and the Greek Red Cross. She passed away in Melbourne in the 1990s.
Description:
Cotton woven curtain in dark, medium and light brown, and beige colours, floral and geometric designs. There is fringing on two edges.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Babette Sigalas, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 1380 mm (Width), 2850 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, greek communities, greek immigration, furnishings, brought goods, weddings
Themes this item is part of: Sigalas Family Collection, Lili Sigalas, Greek Migrant, 1922, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Furnishings
Tertiary Classification: window coverings
Original Owner: Mrs Callirrhoe Vrahamis, Istanbul, Turkey, circa 1900
Place & Date Used: Istanbul, Turkey, pre 1919

The curtain hung in Callirrhoe's house in Istanbul.
Place & Date Used: Athens, Greece, 1919-1922

Callirrhoe took the curtain with her when she moved to Athens after WWI.
User: Mrs Lili Sigalas, Victoria, Australia, 1922

Brought to Australia by Lili when she migrated in 1922

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