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Dress fabric

Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Spitalfields (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1725-1730 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocaded silk with borders of silk and silver thread decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs S. Van Velden

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Dress fabric of brocaded silk. With a loom width of 20.25 inches (51.4 cms) with additional borders of silk with a cream ground brocaded with simple, stylised and isolated floral sprays in rose red, green, yellow and buff silk and silver thread (the latter is tarnished). The silver thread is used for the large stylised flowerheads which appear in alternate rows.
The pattern is brocaded and bound in 3 / 1 twill with a binding warp which normally forms part of the ground weave.

Place of Origin

Spitalfields (made)


ca. 1725-1730 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brocaded silk with borders of silk and silver thread decoration


Length: 18.125 in repeat, Width: 2 in repeat, in width of silk, Height: 22.75 in, Height: 57.8 cm, Width: 23.25 in, Width: 59 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/974.

Historical context note

The pattern may be compared in style with several designs by Anna Maria Garthwaite 5970.23, 5970.10, 5970.26 and 5970.7 all dating from 1726-7 in her set of designs 'Before I came to London'. There are also embroideries in this style at this date. The large brocaded flower is similar to this on lace patterns of this date.

Descriptive line

Dress fabric of brocaded silk, made in Spitalfields, ca. 1725-1730


Silk (textile); Silver thread


Brocaded; Twill weave

Subjects depicted





Textiles and Fashion Collection

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