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Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    Morocco (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, embroidered with silk in double running, back, cross, long-armed cross and satin stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Given by G. D. Pratt

  • Museum number:

    T.35-1933

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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In their earliest form, samplers were put together by embroiderers as personal reference works. They showed trials of patterns and stitches that had been copied from other embroideries. They were records of particular effects achieved that could be re-created again. In England and elsewhere in Europe in the 17th century samplers developed into a method of instruction and practice for girls learning needlework. Moroccan samplers of the 19th century like this one recall the early function of European samplers as collections of designs and stitch effects. Their randomly placed patterns were suitable for the decoration of household linen and clothing.

Place of Origin

Morocco (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, embroidered with silk in double running, back, cross, long-armed cross and satin stitch

Dimensions

Length: 103 cm, Width: 73.5 cm

Descriptive line

Cotton sampler, embroidered with silk; Moroccan; 19th century.

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

Browne, Clare and Jennifer Wearden, eds. Samplers from the Victoria and Albert Museum. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 1851773096.

Materials

Cotton; Silk

Techniques

Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Patterns

Categories

Household objects; Textiles; Africa; Embroidery

Collection code

T&F

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