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On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 56, The Djanogly Gallery

Waistcoat Part

ca.1615 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This panel once formed the left front and side of a woman's waistcoat, with a triangular insertion or gore, inserted into the lower edge. It is embroidered in a repeating pattern of strawberries in shades of pink and red to represent stages of ripening. The silver-gilt thread is worked mainly in plaited braid stitch and the silks in detached button-hole stitch. Such vibrantly embellished waistcoats were a popular style in English women’s fashions of the late 16th and early 17th centuries.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen, silk, silver, gold; hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn
Brief Description
Left front and side of a woman's embroidered linen waistcoat, ca.1615, English; silk and metal threads in a pattern of strawberries.
Physical Description
Left front and side of a woman's waistcoat of fine bleached linen, embroidered with silk floss in detached buttonhole-stitch with shades of pink and green, silver and silver-gilt filé in plaited braid stitch, in a design of scrolling stems, strawberry flowers and ripening strawberries.
DimensionsDimensions will be added after mounting.
Summary
This panel once formed the left front and side of a woman's waistcoat, with a triangular insertion or gore, inserted into the lower edge. It is embroidered in a repeating pattern of strawberries in shades of pink and red to represent stages of ripening. The silver-gilt thread is worked mainly in plaited braid stitch and the silks in detached button-hole stitch. Such vibrantly embellished waistcoats were a popular style in English women’s fashions of the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
Bibliographic Reference
John Lea Nevinson, Catalogue of English Domestic Embroidery of the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries, Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Textiles, London: HMSO, 1938, p.78
Collection
Accession Number
T.259-1926

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record createdAugust 25, 2005
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