May 31, 2018

Fragment of a Border with Floral Vine and Geometric Patterns

Fragment of a Border with Floral Vine and Geometric Patterns

16th century

Needle lace, burato (twined ground and darned in two directions) and reticella; bleached linen (est.)

Overall: 32.9 x 69.3 cm (12 15/16 x 27 5/16 in.)

Gift of Myrta Leonora Jones 1920.1267


Did you know?

Myrta Leonora Jones, the donor of this lace, was a women’s rights activist in Cleveland in the early 20th century.


Textiles often incorporate multiple techniques within a single piece, providing visual interest, and also demonstrating the skill and versatility of the maker. This fragment incorporates both reticella, a type of geometric needle lace worked on a grid of plaited or laid thread, and a border of burato.

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