Towel End

c. 1700s–1800s
Location: not on view
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Lace making was a common tradition in many cultures because it displayed the skill of the mother or daughter who made the lace.

Description

This lace was used to embellish a towel end. Textiles of this type are valuable for their lace work depicting ancient folk motifs, ritual significance, exemplification of the role of textiles in Russian society, and connection to a prominent woman collector, Natalia de Shabelsky, without whom this textile and others like it might have been lost.
Towel End

Towel End

c. 1700s–1800s

Russia, Nizhny-Novgorod province, 18th-19th century

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