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Dress fabric

Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Spitalfields (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1747 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocaded silk with metal thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Benjamin Ginsburg

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Dress fabric of brocaded silk. Brocaded gros de tours ground, with a binding warp taken from the ground for the metal thread, and the metal thread is bound in 3/1 twill. Three main warp threads and one binding warp thread. About 176 warp threads to the inch. Découpure of 5. Approx. 540 cords in the design.

Light coffee coloured ground. The stem is of silver-gilt thread, and the flowers, leaves and rose stems are emerald green. Rose buds are light pink and reddish pink. The fruit are black, deep blue, light blue and the centre is clinquant and silver. The lowest fruit is buff and white, heart-shaped flowers in pink, hanging berries in pink and brown. Convolvulus in two shades of pink, brown, silver filé and clinquant. Shaggy flower in blues, white and black.

Place of Origin

Spitalfields (made)


ca. 1747 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brocaded silk with metal thread


Width: 15.25 in, Length: 44 in maximum

Descriptive line

Dress fabric of brocaded silk, Spitalfields, London, ca. 1747


Textiles; Clothing


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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