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Dress fabric

Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Spitalfields (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1740-1743 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocaded silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Stable Family Home Trust

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fabric is brocaded silk, and was part of a lady's gown. The technique of brocading allowed different colours to be introduced into the pattern of a fabric in specific, sometimes very small areas. It was a more laborious process for the weaver than using patterning wefts running from selvedge to selvedge, but the resulting effect could be much more varied and lively. In addition this silk has a pink ground, more unusual than the usual cream or ivory seen in brocaded silk dress fabrics of the period.

Physical description

Panel of dress fabric from a gown, complete loom width. Pink silk brocaded with polychrome silks in floral pattern.

Place of Origin

Spitalfields (made)


ca. 1740-1743 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brocaded silk


Length: 116 cm maximum, Width: 51.5 cm including selvedges

Descriptive line

Dress fabric, panel of pink silk brocaded with polychrome silks in floral pattern, Spitalfields, ca. 1740-1743

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns


Textiles; Clothing


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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