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apparel yardage

Date: 1910 - 1915
Country: United States of America
Continent: North America
Technique: embroidery, weaving, withdrawn element work
Material: cotton on cotton
Dimensions: 198 x 43 in. (503 x 109 cm)
Credit: Gift of Mr. John & Dr. Ruth C. Morrissey
Accession Number: 1994.14.015

Comments: Yardage could also be European.  Long rectangular piece of off-white cotton apparel yardage with finely embroidered off-white floral vines.  The plain-weave cotton foundation is very lightweight and quite sheer.  Embroidery work is done in off-white pearl cotton floss.  Pulled threadwork forms centers and petals for some of the flowers.  From bottom cut edge of yardage, one climbing floral vine is worked parallel and close to each selvedge, continuing for approximately one quarter of yardage length.  These vines would probably have been used as shoulder bands or lappets on a dress bodice.  A few inches past the discontinuation of this pair of vines, sprawling floral vines are worked along the right selvedge and periodically climb perpendicularly into peaks that reach in the direction of the left selvedge.  Sprawling vine repeats three times and was likely intended for dress overskirt.

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This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Nancy Bradfield. Costume in Details, 1730-1930. Costume and Fashion Press. New York , 1975. Page Number: 335-350.

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