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  • Place of origin:

    Crete (made)
    Greece (made)

  • Date:

    1700s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen embroidered in silks, with bobbin lace. Uses Cretan featherstitch.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Was recorded as a preist's gown in the accession form. Dress of five widths of linen falling from a round gathered neck. The hem and the lower part of the seams decorated with coloured bobbin lace. Wide and exceptionally long sleeves fall from the gathers at the neck band. The bottoms of the sleeves carry the embroidery and are trimmed with gold lace. Embroidery in Cretan feather, double running, outline and chain stiches with some gold thread.

Place of Origin

Crete (made)
Greece (made)


1700s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen embroidered in silks, with bobbin lace. Uses Cretan featherstitch.


Length: 48 in, Width: 42 in

Object history note

Acquired in Crete, Greece. A pair of sleeves in the Benaki Museum that correspond to this piece is attributed by them to Crete (Ill. Benaki booklet Pl.4). The sleeves also compare to a sleeve found in the Sandwith Collection, 2017-1876. The edging of bobbin lace at the hem compares to laces in the Sandwith Collection (1907 to 2008 - 1876). This bobbin lace is also similar to that used to join the Cretan skirt borders which make up another object in the V&A Collections, T.711-1950.

Descriptive line

Dress, white linen embroidered in silk with lace trimmings, Greece (Crete), 1700s.


Linen (material); Silk thread; Bobbin lace; Lace


Embroidering; Lace making; Stitching


Europeana Fashion Project; Women's clothes; Textiles; Embroidery; Lace; Clothing


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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