The Collection of Textile and Costume preserves the objects created over a wide time span – from the 4th century A.D. right up to the first decades of the 20th century. The key collections of textile include the collection of Coptic fabrics, collection of European tapestries, and collection of Pirot kilims. A significant collection is the one holding copies of fresco motifs from the churches and monasteries in Serbia and the region. The Collection keeps the Ohrid embroidered icon of the Virgin Mary with Christ dated back to the 14th century, as well as several paintings on textile by a pioneer of Yugoslav design, Dragutin Inkiostri Medenjak, created around 1910. Particularly attractive is the collection of fashion and accessories, the basis of which represent the items belonging to the corpus of urban dress in Serbia, Vojvodina, and Kosovo and Metohija during the 19th and the first decades of the 20th century.

Curator: Draginja Maskareli, Senior Curator

Wedding Dress

Tailor Shop of Berta Alkalaj, Kingdom of Serbia, Belgrade, 1911
MAA inv. no. 22891

Textile Fragment

Egypt, Copts, 5th or 6th century
MAA inv. no. 5437

St. George’s Costume Ornament

Žiča Monastery, St. Saviour Church (south chapel), early 14th century (original), (copied by Milovan Arsić)
MAA TC k.z. 319

Embroidered Icon of the Virgin Mary with Christ

Ohrid, 14th century
MAA inv. no. 5188

Tapestry with Hunting Scenes

Flanders, late 16th – early 17th century
MAA inv. no. 908

Tepeluk (Cap) with Bareš (Headband)

Serbia, second half of the 19th century
MAA inv. nos. 950 and 1888

Bindalli Dress

Ottoman Empire, Istanbul?, late 19th century, (worn in Mušutište village)
MAA inv. no. 5386

Evening Dress

Fashion House Redfern, France, Paris, 1909
MAA inv. no. 22702


Western or Central Europe, around 1910, (seller’s mark: Savčić i Nikolić, Belgrade) MAA inv. no. 23928

Kilim with the Vraško Koleno (Devil’s Knee) Ornament

Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, Pirot, around 1925
MAA inv. no. 24212