Pocket, Britain

Pocket, Britain

Pocket
Britain
1700-25
Museum no. Circ.86-1938

This single surviving pocket is made of linen embroidered with silk thread and bound with silk ribbon. A yellow vermicelli ground and small floral motifs decorate the pocket, both influences of Indian embroidered and printed textiles. Similar patterns appear on furnishing fabrics, usually larger and more complex in scale.

The top of the pocket is angled, suggesting that it might help orient the pocket along the waist. This would depend on which side it was worn on and whether the ties fastened at the front or back of the waist.

Back view of pocket and further information