Pair of pockets, Britain

Pair of pockets, Britain

Pair of pockets
Britain
1700-25
Museum no. T.281A-1910

These pockets are made of linen and embroidered with silk thread. They are bound with green silk ribbon and have linen tape ties. Pockets of the early 18th century show a variety of influences in their embroidery designs. Some come from imported Indian textiles, others from various types of British needlework found on both dress and furnishings. The stitched pattern of overlapping circles seen here can also be found on quilted bed and cushion covers. The spiky flowers and leaves and use of small floral motifs demonstrate the influence of Indian printed cottons. Typical of pocket embroidery is the placement of a border around the edge and the pocket opening with a repeated design filling the centre.

The arrangement of the colours defining the motifs is slightly different on each pocket.

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