This yellow silk lampas fragment features a point repeat design, repeating once across the width of the fabric with a height of 20.5". The design contains a central bouquet motif with tulips, berries, pineapples, and pomegranates in a vase. The central motif is flanked by serpentine vines featuring berries and grape leafs. Various geometric diaper patterns are used to fill the floral elements. The full width of the original fabric is 15.5".

The fabric is plain woven with supplementary warps and thicker wefts, causing a very slight ribbing. The warp floats are Z-spun, and the weft floats are unspun and show a 4/1 satin stitch. The revers of the fabric shows only plain weave, with evidence of the weft design visible only by the binding points of the satin stitch.

This small fragment was definitively matched to other fragments of the same fabric by both weave technique and aligning the design.

The piece is completely unfaded. While the L shape does not indicate use, the left edge is concavely curved, which could indicate placement at the neckline or the bottom of the bodice. The curve is too wide to have been placed at a sleeve, and there is no evidence of gathering.


Silk, Lampas


Overall (H x W): 5 in. x 9 1/2 in. (12.7 cm x 24.13 cm)
Other (Design Height): 20 1/2 in. (52.07 cm)

Credit Line

Bequest of Ella Mackubin, 1956

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