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 reverse of the fabric shows only plain weave, with evidence of the weft design visible only by the binding points of the satin stitch.

The fragment is cut into a large zigzag pattern on the left and top sides with correspond to the left edges of W-2979 and W-499/A, and the design aligns with W-2979, indicating that it was cut from the top of that fragment. It also has a similar provenance as W-2979.

The same red-brown splatter stains that are present on many of the other fragments from the same fabric are seen on this fragment. There are also bleach marks surrounding some of the brown stains, suggesting that there was an attempt to remove them. This same treatment is also seen on W-2979. There is also a medium-size bleach stain near the upper left.




Silk, Lampas


Overall: 6 1/2 in. x 10 in. (16.51 cm x 25.4 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Edward Parke Custis Lewis Cumming, 1961

Object Number


Colors (Beta)

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