Laundress from around Lisbon, Portugal. Musée cosmopolite.

Laundress, costume, Lisbon, Portugal,  Musée cosmopolite
Laundress from around Lisbon. Portugal. Blanchisseuse des environs de Lisbonne.

A woman dressed in blue justillo, with a white shirt underneath, a saya with a skirt and an overskirt printed with stripes that she wears rolled up. On her head she wears a white scarf knotted around her neck. In her right hand, resting on a pedestal, she has a huge bundle. It represents a washerwoman from the outskirts of Lisbon who takes the clothes to be washed.

Source: Musée cosmopolite. (Musée de costumes) Suites de planches de costumes des différentes nations modernes. Dessin et coloriées par Compte-Calix (1813-1880), Pingret, Girardet; gravure de Henri de Montaut. Imprimeur, chez Maison Aubert et Cie. Paris 1850 à 1863.

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Note:  Tapada Lima. Tapada de saya. Le Musée cosmopolite.

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