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This skirt is signed in embroidered stitches by its maker, Maria Papadopoula, and dated 1757. The top pleated edge is intended to be worn not around the waist but higher, under the arms, held in place by shoulder straps. It is constructed from five loom-widths of a mixed cotton and linen. The opening down the middle of the central width would have allowed room for it to be put on, and also facilitated breast-feeding.

[][][] Paper herringbone stitch sampler from the "Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles: Material Collection" at VADS.

"The Whole Booke of Davids Psalmes...with apt notes to sing them withall" cover - English ca 1635. Canvas worked with silk and metal thread, seed pearls; tent, Gobelin, and couching stitches.

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Border, katoudedaki. Decoration with velvet cut embroidery - detail from Very long silk foustani (dress) with skin-tight bodice and pleated short-waisted skirt, Ioannina Epirus

Embroidered Textile Made in Greece 18th century Linen plain weave with silk embroidery in cross and loose cross stitches