Textile fragmentHistoric DeerfieldHD 97.035

Textile fragment

This embroidered fragment, with polychrome silk embroidery on a very fine cotton mull ground, has the additional embellishment of metal sequins and select areas of metallic thread. When new and shiny, these metallic elements would have added depth and sparkle to the garment.

Gown fragment

This fragment features polychrome silk embroidery on a very fine cotton muslin (mull) ground. The embroidery consists of a floral design, with the largest motif as a small bouquet of flowers tied with a bow. Most of the flowers are generic, but the three at the top of the bouquet …

Shawl fragment

This shawl fragment is believed to be of Indian or Persian origin, and it functions in this exhibition as representative of an early nineteenth-century Indian shawl. This fragment, along with many other objects, was acquired by Amherst College in 1929 as a gift from conservationist, collector, and philanthropist George Dupont Pratt …