Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Henry DuPont, 1932
Not on view
The Balkan region that once comprised Yugoslavia ("land of south Slavs") is the location of a confluence of many cultures. The design elements found on these socks reflect those various influences. The use of a variety of materials and techniques, including knitting, felting, and beadwork contribute to their strong presence. It is important to note that Yugoslavia itself did not exist as an entity until after 1918, first as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, and, after 1929, as Yugoslavia. These socks were given to the collection in 1932 by Henry F. DuPont, who had an important folk costume collection, when the entity was known by that name.