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mandil (apron)
  • Valley Zapotec peoples
  • mandil (apron), 1989
  • Where object was made: Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • cloth, lace, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width: 109 x 105 cm
    Object Height/Width: 42 7/8 x 41 5/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5459

The apron has a skirt portion and a square bib. The straps cross over in the back and attach at the waistband. The ties extend from the waistband. It is bright blue with white lace edging around the bib, the skirt portion and the seams of the pockets at the hips. There is a red and yellow flower with green leaves embroidered on the bib and a small red flower without leaves on each pocket. There are two red flowers with two pink buds and green leaves in the center bottom of the apron. The proper left bottom is embroidered with a red/white and yellow/orange flower and buds and green leaves. The proper right bottom is embroidered with a yellow flower and a red flower and a red bud and leaves.