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Cloth with Floral and Vegetal Patterns

1560–1600
Mounted: 148 x 151.1 cm (58 1/4 x 59 1/2 in.); Overall: 145.1 x 144.2 cm (57 1/8 x 56 3/4 in.)
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The large size and square shape suggest that this textile would likely have been used as a table cloth.

Description

Textiles often incorporate multiple needlework techniques within a single piece. One of the main techniques in this example of lace is called cutwork. In cutwork, portions of the textile ground, such as a linen or cotton cloth, are cut away and threads are removed to create holes. The edges of the hole are then reinforced with embroidery and a pattern of needle lace can be created within the perimeter. Rather than adding to the cloth to create a design, the craftsperson removes threads to fabricate a pattern.
Cloth with Floral and Vegetal Patterns

Cloth with Floral and Vegetal Patterns

1560–1600

Italy, 16th century

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