This cream ribbed silk fragment is made of unspun silk filaments. It features a weft faced 2/1 satin weave that achieves a corded effect by thick warp yarns. Flat bands of silver are couched along each warp yarn. All the couching stitches are even and show no diagonal, as one would expect to see in a satin weave. This may suggest that the silver was couched on after the weaving was completed.

The silver of this fragment has tarnished to black and is loose and sticking up in several places. There are four pinholes throughout the fragment.




Silk, silver


Overall (H x W): 1 3/4 in. x 1 1/4 in. (4.45 cm x 3.18 cm)


Gift of Miss Chapman, 1890

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