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Cap (Spain), late 18th century

This is a Cap. It is dated late 18th century and we acquired it in 1951. Its medium is silk and its technique is knitted cap, knotted tassel. It is a part of the Textiles department.

That knitted caps enjoyed great popularity in eighteenth-century Spain can be seen in the many examples in museum collections in the United States and Europe. Knitted in dark red silk, this cap is primarily patterned with thin diagonal ribs while the very top has a geometric arrangement of lozenges and triangles. The dramatic tassel, at nearly twenty-three inches in length, is formed from two twisted skeins of yarn that have rings of knotted silk and tufted chenille attached. Paintings and prints from the period suggest that men and women wore these knitted caps on celebratory occasions, and that they were an important accessory of native dress in Spain. No artist expressed this innate "Spanishness" better than Francisco Goya (1746–1828), who painted lively scenes of Spaniards wearing knitted caps and other forms of traditional Spanish dress.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled A Spanish Knitted Cap.

This object was donated by Richard Cranch Greenleaf. It is credited Gift of Richard C. Greenleaf.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 25.1 x 25.1 cm (9 7/8 x 9 7/8 in.) Tassel: 58.1 cm (22 7/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Cap (Spain), late 18th century. silk. Gift of Richard C. Greenleaf. 1951-105-35.

In addition to Making Design, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance.

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