Saturday, 10 September 2011

Embroidered silk

Another piece of material from Mum's amazing hoard and I think this could possibly be Spitalfields-type silk with machine embroidery.  The top picture shows that this was once a dress as there are pieces cut to form a curve - probably a bodice with a curved front and sleeve. The silk is decorated with flowers and fruit.
 A close up of the pink embroidered flower.

 Another of the blue.

 The back of the embroidery is as interesting as the front.

 Peaches, apricots, plums, cherries?  I'm not sure, but it is still beautiful!

A close up of the curved piece shows the cuts to allow the material to curve smoothly.  You can also see the needle holes where it was once sewn together.

The back of the peaches/plums/ apricots/cherries.  What is really amazing is how well the embroidery has kept its colour - it could have been made yesterday.

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