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Turkish embroidery

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Object Name Turkish embroidery
Collection Goldsmith Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery: Object Collection
Date 19th century
Brief Physical Description A fragment of Turkish embroidery from the end of a sash or towel. Two large floral motifs with colour and metal thread on a homespun and hand woven ground. Select this link for more description information.
Id Number Current Accession 3661
Location Creation Site Turkey
Subject embroidery, domestic textiles, sash, fragment, Turkish towel, Turks, Turkish embroidery
Measurements Dimensions 450mm x 350mm
Number Of Items 1
Materials Used (aat) linen, cotton, silk
Materials Used (CH) metal thread
Content And Subject Information Turkish embroidery was practised extensively until the end of the nineteenth century. Many textile articles were embroidered including clothing and domestic textiles, even to the extent of embroidered wrappers for gifts and piles of stored textiles. Sashes, towels and scarves were among articles given as gifts. Sometimes the embroidered wrapping for a gift was of higher value than the gift itself.
Production Information May have been produced domestically although some of the embroideries were worked in small workshop situation. The fabrics were professionally hand-woven from homespun threads. Embroiderers would buy the lengths of fabric ready woven.
Bibliographic References Black Oriental Carpets. David Islemler: Ottoman Domestic Embroideries. London England. Davis Black Oriental Carpets. 1978. ISBN 0-9505018-24
Rights Goldsmiths College, University of London. Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles.



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