Swatch book Place of origin: Lyon, France (made) Date: ca. 1763-1764 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Silk, taffeta, linen, brocaded, leather bound, paper and ink, sealing wax Credit Line: Acquired with the help of Marks and Spencer Ltd and the Worshipful Company of Weavers Museum number: T.373-1972
The pattern book, France, 1782-1805, -- one of a series of three that the museum holds -- shows a wide spectrum of dress and furnishing materials made of silk, which presumably were manufactured in the important silk factories of Lyon. The rapid change of the patterns and colors called for a protection against espionage, which was punish with high fines and corporal punishment. In 1787, the protection of the designs was set for 6 years.
Fragment of a blue and white silk fabric Dating: 14-15. Century Location: Spain; Material / technique: Lampas, launched basic twill weave, plain weave pattern, chains: silk, 2 shades of blue, Shots: silk, blue, white Dimensions: H. 46 cm, 20.5 cm B.
Fragment Date: 13th–14th century Geography: Egypt Culture: Islamic Medium: Linen, silk, metal wrapped thread; plain weave; appliqué Dimensions: Textile: H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm) W. 10 in. (25.4 cm) Mount: H. 18 3/4 in. (47.6 cm) W. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm) D. 1 in. (2.5 cm) Classification: Textiles-Woven