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Image robe

Image robe

  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1670-1699 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin backed with linen, embroidered with straw, couched with silk thread

  • Museum number:

    393 to B-1896

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This straw plait decorated piece is probably the back of a small image robe (used to dress a religious statue). It was originally of crimson silk satin, but has drastically faded to cream. The robe is embroidered with two straw plait of whole stalks, couched with yellow silk to form a design consisting of scrolls forming ogee-shaped compartments which enclose a fleur-de-lis. Traces of cut thread and discoloured stitch holes within the straw design suggest that precious embellishment has carefully been removed at one point. It is likely that the use of straw was intentional and of specific importance, perhaps dressing religious statues during Michaelmas. Maybe the local saint was dressed in a straw decorated robe to further empower the blessing and protection of next year's harvest.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)


1670-1699 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk satin backed with linen, embroidered with straw, couched with silk thread

Descriptive line

Silk satin embroidered with straw work, 1670-1699, France


Silk satin; Linen; Straw


Hand sewing; Couching

Subjects depicted



Ecclesiastical textiles; Embroidery

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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