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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.

There is an unfaded red-brown splatter stain on the upper right side of the fragment, which matches stains found of several other fragments in the MVLA collection from the same fabric. There is bleaching around the stains on the reverse of the fabric, suggesting that at one point there was an effort to remove them.

The fragment was cut from the top left of W-499/A, evidenced by the large zigzag cut of the left edge and aligning of the design. W-2370/B was cut from the top of this piece (W-2929) and has a similar provenance.




Silk, lampas


Overall (H x W): 10 in. x 6 1/4 in. (25.4 cm x 15.88 cm)
Other (Design Height): 20 1/2 in. (52.07 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Lyttleton B. P. Gould, Jr., M. Chapin Krech, Dr. Shepard Krech, Alvin W. Krech, Peter Chapin, Charles Chapin, and Mrs. Charles Merrill Chapin, III, in memory of Esther Maria Lewis Chapin, 1986

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Colors (Beta)

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