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Bath wrap

Bath wrap

  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen with bands of cotton weft, embroidered with silk in double darning, double running in a line, musabak and fishbone stitch, and with metal thread in slanted satin stitch and double darning

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Prof. R. M. Dawkins

  • Museum number:

    T.172-1950

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

At the end of the 18th century embroidery designs began to develop into rigid and heavily stylised borders predominantly used on towels and napkins. A bath wrap was made from three widths of fabric and was used to wrap around the body while resting in the hamman [public baths] after bathing.

Physical description

Bath Wrap, linen with bands of cotton weft embroidered with silk in double darning, double running in a line, musabak and fishbone stitch, and with metal thread in slanted satin stitch and double darning.
Made from three widths joined together.
Each border is decorated with a repeated floral motif: at the base is a small green 'vase'; above this is a central pink flower with round petals in between two pink flowers with pointed petals. Below these pink flowers are sprigs of yellow leaves/buds. Above the pink flowers are sprigs with blue buds which curve around to bracket a light pink star-like flower.

Place of Origin

Turkey (made)

Date

1800-1899 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen with bands of cotton weft, embroidered with silk in double darning, double running in a line, musabak and fishbone stitch, and with metal thread in slanted satin stitch and double darning

Dimensions

Length: 248 cm, Width: 134 cm

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Illustrated in 'Ottoman Embroidery' by Marianne Ellis and Jennifer Wearden (V&A Publication, 2001); plate 128

Materials

Linen; Cotton yarn; Metal thread; Silk thread

Techniques

Weaving; Embroidering; Sewing

Subjects depicted

Stylized flowers

Categories

Textiles; Embroidery

Collection

Middle East Section

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