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  • Place of origin:

    London (woven)

  • Date:

    1760s (woven)
    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocaded silk satin, backed with silk and edged with silk fringe

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Patricia Barclay

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The satin is a dark pink, brocaded in white, green, yellow, brown and pinks. The pattern is of trailing floral stems and ribbons tied in bows. It shows traces, including a seam and a dart, that the silk was reused from a dress, although its condition is very fresh and shows almost no signs of wear or fading. At a later stage, probably the late 19th century, the satin was made into a fichu by backing it with a fine cream silk and edging it with a cream silk fringe.

Place of Origin

London (woven)


1760s (woven)
19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brocaded silk satin, backed with silk and edged with silk fringe


Length: 55 in, Width: 36.5 in

Object history note

Registered File number 1993/734.

Descriptive line

Silk fichu, made up in the 19th century from a piece of brocaded satin, 1760s, woven in Spitafields, London.

Production Note

Brocaded satin woven in Spitafields, London, in 1760s. Made into silk fichu in the 19th century.


Silk (textile)


Satin weave; Brocading; Sewing

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns


Textiles; Accessories; Clothing


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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