Silk Dress Fabric circa 1800 This silk was probably woven in Spitalfields in London. The silk industry was established in Spitalfields by the Huguenots and the industry grew rapidly and fostered a consciousness of fashion at the end of the eighteenth century. Oriental inspired designs were very popular. http://www.fredericacards.co.uk
Paul Bommer, Spitalfields. The plaque is inset into the brickwork of Hanbury Hall, Hanbury Street, Spitalfields E1, a little above head height. Paul on his process: "I bisque fire the tiles, then dip in white 'tin' glaze and then draw the images on top with Cobalt Oxide and Carbonate, using charcoal traces as guides and then fire."
Garthwaite's career as a silk designer is well documented, and many of her original designs, including that for this brocaded dress silk, are preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The naturalistically rendered flowers are typical of her work, which epitomizes high quality English silk weaving of the 18th century