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Turkish embroidery fragment, fragment

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Object Name Turkish embroidery fragment, fragment
Collection Goldsmith Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery: Object Collection
Date 19th century
Brief Physical Description The embroidered end cut from a Turkish sash or towel. Two “flowers in urn” motifs worked in pulled double-sided stitches in silk thread on a hand woven ground. Select this link for more description information.
Id Number Current Accession 3678
Location Creation Site Turkey
Subject dress accessories, embroidery, domestic textiles, towel, sash, Turkish towel, Turkish sash, Ottoman embroidery, Turkish, Ottoman embroideries
Measurements Dimensions 343mm x 185mm
Number Of Items 1
Materials Used (aat) cotton, linen, silk
Content And Subject Information Napkins known better in the West as Turkish towels were domestic textiles used to wipe hands or cover food. They were also used to wrap gifts. The hand woven fabrics for these embroidered textiles were purchased, the lengths woven in different dimensions to fit the requirements of the embroiderer. The embroidery from this particular towel has been cut off and sold separately. Both ends of each towel were embroidered, one end being a mirror image of the other. Many of these textiles were broken up to be sold into collections; the embroidery was much admired in the West.
Production Information The basic hand woven fabrics were produced in small workshops and purchased by embroiderers who worked in a domestic situation.
Bibliographic References Black David and Loveless Clive. Islemeler: Ottoman Domestic Embroideries. London, England. David Black Oriental Carpets. 1978. ISBN 0 9505018 2 4.
Rights Goldsmiths College, University of London. Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles.
Techniques Used (CH) pulled thread work, hand embroidery, double sided stitch



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