Costume and Textiles
"Bizarre" pattern; double vertical serpentine rows of abstract and cornucopia shapes, intertwined with zig-zag stems and small floral sprays, echoed in ground pattern; edges trimmed with silver galloon, lined with white plain weave silk.Made in France, Europe
or Italy, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, French or Italian
Silk damask weave with silk brocading wefts bound in twill
Currently not on view
1951-98-8Gift of Henry P. McIlhenny, 1951
LabelStrange and fanciful images are typical of the so-called "bizarre" silks. This example shows Asian-inspired elements in its design. The silk was probably used for church vestments; it was later assembled in its present form during the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.