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Ribbons (France)

This is a Ribbons. We acquired it in 1938. Its medium is silk, metal strips wrapped around cotton core and its technique is satin weave with weft patterning. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Stylized florals dominated Jazz Age textile patterns. In more sophisticated designs, stylized flowers and foliage served as the premise for decorative compositions of formal elements. In these ribbons, for example, the roses are essentially circles made up of curvilinear forms to be woven in gold, silver, and bronze metallic threads. Elsberg created five different background colors to display his glittering roses.

This object was bequest of Unknown.

  • Ribbon Samples (France)
  • H x W (a): 29.4 × 29.6 cm (11 9/16 × 11 5/8 in.) H x W (b): 28.3 × 29.9 cm....
  • Anonymous bequest in memory of Albert and Rebecca Elsberg.
  • 1938-82-124-a/g

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Ribbons (France); silk, metal strips wrapped around cotton core; 1938-82-184-a/e

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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