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blouse

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Eu2006,0310.10

  • Description

    A woman's blouse, every day wear. Raglan-sleeved; embroidered, and made from natural cream tabby cotton cloth (cheesecloth). Smocking draws in fabric to make rounded neckline, finished with blanket stitch, embroidered in red cotton thread. Below neck opening a double vertical line of embroidered flower buds (?), framed by wider vertical panels with linked floral motifs. Fastened with red plied cotton ties with tassel at end. Rectangular embroidered panel on upper sleeve and vertical panel on outer sleeve; embroidered in same patterning and with same materials as bodice. Back has three lines of four 'X' motifs (crosses). All seams joined with openwork stitch (faggoting). A little staining.

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  • Date

    • 1970s
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 150 centimetres
    • Width: 61 centimetres
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2006

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    Eu2006,0310.10

  • Additional IDs

    • 6 (Number given in list of objects provided by donor.)
A woman's blouse, every day wear.  This raglan-sleeved embroidered blouse is made from cream-coloured cheesecloth.  Smocking draws in the fabric to make a rounded neckline, which is finished with blanket stitch, worked in red cotton thread.  The sides of the blouse and the undersides of the sleeves are hemmed and joined with a functional (and decorative) openwork stitch (fagoting).  The embroidered front panel comprises two identical floral motifs, worked in thick red cotton thread, bordering two narrower linear motifs.  Identical patterning occurs on the sleeves.  The back has embroidered on it three rows of  four red crosses.

A woman's blouse, every day wear. This raglan-sleeved embroidered blouse is made from cream-coloured cheesecloth. Smocking draws in the fabric to make a rounded neckline, which is finished with blanket stitch, worked in red cotton thread. The sides of the blouse and the undersides of the sleeves are hemmed and joined with a functional (and decorative) openwork stitch (fagoting). The embroidered front panel comprises two identical floral motifs, worked in thick red cotton thread, bordering two narrower linear motifs. Identical patterning occurs on the sleeves. The back has embroidered on it three rows of four red crosses.

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