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Sack back

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)
    Spitalfields (probably, hand woven)

  • Date:

    1760-1769 (made)
    ca. 1742 (hand woven)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and linen, hand woven and hand sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Surrey County Federation of Women's Institutes

  • Museum number:

    T.122-1957

  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA1, shelf FIG2 []

This modest sack-back gown of the 1760s is made of blue silk damask. The pattern of large flowers and leaves dates from about 1742. Silks pre-dating the construction of a particular dress, often by a decade or more, are quite common in 18th-century dress. Once woven, bolts of silk might be available for sale for many years, and it was not unusual for purchasers to store lengths of silk before making them up or giving them away as a gift. The high cost of woven silks meant that their value did not decrease, even as fashions changed. Characteristic of the 1760s are the double sleeve ruffles edged with a matching silk fly fringe (braid).

Physical description

A woman's sack-back of blue silk damask, trimmed with blue fly fringe

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)
Spitalfields (probably, hand woven)

Date

1760-1769 (made)
ca. 1742 (hand woven)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk and linen, hand woven and hand sewn

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hart, Avril and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries, London: V&A Publications, 1998, p. 94

Materials

Silk damask; Linen

Techniques

Hand weaving; Hand sewing

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Leaves; Floral patterns

Categories

Fashion; Clothing; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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