The fabric features a 4/1 warp-faced satin weave in a striped patter with a floral pattern done with weft floats. While the warp threads are different colors depending on placement, the weft threads are white all the way across. The warp yarns are slightly S-spun, and while the weft yarns may have originally shown a twist, they now appear to be unspun filament.

The pattern consists of thin, brown stripes alternating with a thicker stripe of maroon on top of which is a white floral vine motif. The pattern repeat is very small, repeating vertically ever 1 3/4 inches and horizontally every 1 9/16 inch. The repeat is a straight repeat rather than a point repeat.

The fragment is pressed back on the right edge 1/4 inch. Additionally, there is a pleat creased into the left. The top and bottom edges show some unraveling.

The piece is accompanied by a note claiming that it was a part of Martha Washington's marriage bed, but the design is inconsistent with furnishing fabric.






Overall: 1 1/4 in. x 3 1/2 in. (3.18 cm x 8.89 cm)
Other (Design Repeat [H x W]): 1 3/4 in. x 1 9/16 in. (4.45 cm x 3.97 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Jane Straka, 1992

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Colors (Beta)

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