This is a Fragment. It is dated 1700–1705 and we acquired it in 2000. Its medium is silk, metal-wrapped silk-core yarns and its technique is 4/1 satin damask weave with discontinuous supplementary weft patterning (brocade). It is a part of the Textiles department.
The brocaded blue damask under consideration for acquisition is an example of a European woven bizarre silk—an exotic woven design that is visually disorienting. Bizarre silks are rare as they were only produced for a short period of time; this example was woven about 1700–05. This is an excellent opportunity to add a highly sought-after textile to the museum’s collection.
It is credited
Museum Purchase from Au Panier Fleuri and Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program Funds.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 110.2 × 54 cm (43 3/8 × 21 1/4 in.)
Cite this object as
Fragment, 1700–1705; silk, metal-wrapped silk-core yarns; H x W: 110.2 × 54 cm (43 3/8 × 21 1/4 in.); Museum Purchase from Au Panier Fleuri and Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program Funds; 2000-23-1