The design of this textile is done through a complicated lampas technique. The face of the fragment alternated between corduroy (the red stripes), and a white stripe bearing a floral motif--perhaps imitating ribbon. The white stripes are edged in 1/16 inch of sky blue with a vine motif of light and dark green and blue-petaled flowers with a purple center and a yellow highlight. The white stripe is 9/16 inch wide (11/16 including the blue edging), and red stripe is 11/16 inch wide. The floral motif shows a straight repeat of 1 1/4 inches. The corduroy sits over a plain weave structure and is created using supplementary warp floats. Only one weft ties down the supplementary warps, creating the thin stripe of the 7/1 corduroy. Combined with the lampas technique, this tells us that the weaver used 3 sets of warps (the maximum), and seven sets of wefts.

There is a rectangular faded portion, suggesting that the fragment was framed for display. The faded portion measures 4 x 3 3/8 inches.

Date

1770-1799


Material/Technique

Silk


Dimensions

Overall (H x W): 5 1/2 in. x 3 3/4 in. (13.97 cm x 9.53 cm)
Other (Faded Portion): 4 in. x 3 3/8 in. (10.16 cm x 8.57 cm)


Credit

Mount Vernon Collection


Object Number

W-584/E


Colors


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