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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)
    France (woven)

  • Date:

    1625-1630 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and linen, hand woven and hand sewn

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silk doublet demonstrates the ornamental use of buttons and braided silk in the early 17th century. The sleeves fit tightly from elbow to wrist and fasten with buttons on the seam at the back. Covering each forearm are ten strips of yellow silk overlaid with narrow green and yellow braid. A button worked in green and yellow silk sits in the centre of each strip, the ends of which are finished with bunches of very small tassels. At the centre back of the doublet, the same decoration is repeated. The techniques by which the braid, tassels and buttons are all worked are known as passementerie.

Physical description

A man's doublet of green and cream silk figured with a floral pattern, paned sleeves and doublet front

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)
France (woven)


1625-1630 (made)



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. 112


Silk; Linen


Hand weaving; Hand sewing

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns


Clothing; Textiles; Men's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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