Object Lesson Designs and Clients for Embroidered Dress, 1782–94
Author: Thunder, Moira
Source: Textile History, Volume 37, Number 1, May 2006 , pp. 82-90(9)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Although it is well known that the literature on embroidery includes investigations into professional and amateur practice, the interaction between professional pattern drawers for embroidery, professional embroiderers and amateurs of this art remains to be fully examined. To this end, this object lesson examines a group of designs for embroidery in order to provide evidence of the technique for which they were employed; the dates and inscriptions on the designs demonstrate their use as a business archive, while the names of the clients reveal a social network. The final part of this article focuses on trade cards and suggests how the designs illuminate the negotiation between retailer and customer.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-05-01