Professor Blanche Payne of the University of Washington traveled throughout the world on her own, during a time when it was quite rare for women to do so. In 1936 and 1937 she made extensive trips to countries including Albania, Bosnia, and the former Yugoslavia. Through photographs and illustrations she documented the folkways, indigenous costumes, and daily lives of various cultures. Her collection was donated to the University after her passing and this digital collection brings together photographic prints, pattern drawings, watercolor paintings, and postcards from her journeys. Under the Explore Collections area, visitors can browse the full collection, men's costumes, children's costumes, and other themes at their leisure. All told, there are over 1200 items here- a trove of material for anyone studying folk culture, arts, and related subjects.
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