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So, just announcing that since I have been unable to keep up with doing DAILY snippets, that I shall continue this series as a WEEKLY Snippet, again, just randomly choosing a book off my shelves and quoting page 134. So much for doing everything I wanted to do while in quarantine-mode…

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Weekly Snippet #29: Page 134 / 100 Words

Noël Riley. The Accomplished Lady: A History of Genteel Pursuits c. 1660-1860. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire: Oblong, 2017.

Chapter 8: Embroidery

     “The Hangings made by both Mrs. Pepys and the Duchess [Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough] may well have been crewel embroideries, so called from the two-ply wools used for making them. Worked on a creamy linen twill ground in bright colours, their designs can be traced first in the repeated trailing patterns of Elizabethan blackwork and later in the textiles imported from India. Both were stylistically linked: English embroideries, influenced by the Chinese silks and other textiles that had begun to delight Europe when they first appeared there in the sixteenth century, were sent to India in the seventeenth to be copied for the English market.”

[Absolutely a lovely, essential book!]

Hanging of painted and dyed cotton made in western India for the British market, late 17th or early 18th century. Museum no. IS.156-1953. V&A Museum.

More information on Indian textiles here at the V&A: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/i/indian-textiles-introduction/

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