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Strip

Strip

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (formed)

  • Date:

    01/01/1800-31/12/1899 (formed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cut from baleen

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Joan Kendall

  • Museum number:

    T.35-2000

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A strip of whalebone shading from light brown to green, with one side smooth, the other striated

Place of Origin

Great Britain (formed)

Date

01/01/1800-31/12/1899 (formed)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cut from baleen

Dimensions

Width: 6 mm, Length: 45.8 cm

Historical context note

From the 16th to the mid-19th century, whalebone was the primary stiffening material in the stays/corsets worn by women in Europe. Over all other materials, whalebone was preferred for its malleability, flexibility and comfort during wear. A strip such as this would be inserted into a channel stitched between two layers of linen. The number of whalebone strips used and their proximity to each other would depend upon the style and date of the stays/corset.

Materials

Baleen

Techniques

Cut

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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