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Piece of damask

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The ground and the design of conventional plant forms are both woven with yellowish olive silk. The difference between the background and the pattern being shown by the weave. The warp is of light brown linen thread. Trimmed with gimp of the same color.

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Probably 16th–17th century


73.4 x 61 cm (28 7/8 x 24 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk damask and silk and cotton ribbon trim


Textiles and Fashion Arts