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17th century embroidered jacket and painting at VAM, .This is the earliest known example of a textile shown in a painting where both the painting and the textile still exist. It slightly post-dates the Elizabethan period – the jacket was made in 1610 and altered in 1620. The sitter is Margaret Laton and the painting is attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger.
A Bedouin bride embroidered her dress with red threads, while a widow used only dark blue thread - the Bedouin color for mourning. A Bedouin widow ready to re-marry, however, would display her "on the market" status by embroidery in both red and blue.