The fragment consists of an unbalanced plain weave with floated weft brocade. The pattern consists of a vertical, serpentine vine motif with flowers, berries, and leafs. A small amount of lace patterning complements the semi-naturalistic floral motif. The pattern repeats vertically every 6 inches, and horizontally every 2 1/2 inches. The motif is executed by floating, additional continuous wefts.

The small repeat, semi-naturalism, serpentine, and lace pattern suggest a date in the 1750s or 1760s.

The fragment has a pleat creased into it that may be removable via steaming. The floated weft is unraveling at the bottom edge of the fabric.

Date

1750-1770


Geography


Material/Technique

Green silk, weft float brocade


Dimensions

Overall ((H x W)): 3/4 in. x 2 5/8 in. (1.91 cm x 6.67 cm)
Other (Design repeat): 6 in. x 2 1/2 in. (15.24 cm x 6.35 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mrs. Benjamin Allston Moore, Vice Regent for South Carolina, 1958


Object Number

W-2215/A


Colors


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