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.
This object was
Au Panier Fleuri Fund.
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