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table runner

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Object Name table runner
Collection Goldsmith Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery: Object Collection
Date early to mid 20th century
Brief Physical Description Small heavy lace table runner pieced from a large filet lace textile and edged with distinctive bobbin lace. Select this link for more description information.
Id Number Current Accession 104
Location Creation Site Europe
Subject lace, embroidery, domestic textiles, quilts, doily, lace, European
Measurements Dimensions 710mm x 250mm
Number Of Items 1
Materials Used (aat) cotton
Content And Subject Information Domestic textiles, including lace were an important part of a young woman's “bottom drawer” or trousseau in Europe until after the Second World War and a lot of time was spent in crocheting curtain nets, edging hand towels, pillow cases, sheets and many other domestic items. The new bride's position in life was indicated by the comfort and elegance of her home and her skills as a needlewoman and knitter. Industrially produced textiles were available in the form of fabric in the length rather than large quantities of made up goods and it was up to the housewife to create what she required from these purchased cloths. Individual production of textile items, their finished quality, the standard of decoration and cleanliness reflected the skill and standard of an individual housewife and added to the standard of hospitality which in turn reflected on the family as a whole.In smaller communities such as country towns and villages, in women's society, textile played a very important part in establishing a position. This especially applied to the acquisition of lace until the First World War, when the position of women in the home changed. Lace was an expensive item and women would save a little of their house keeping money to purchase small lengths to be incorporated into their personal and household textiles.
Production Information Made by a woman in a domestic situation
Rights Goldsmiths College, University of London. Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles.



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