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Mexico, circa 1785
Textiles; embroidery
Linen plain weave with silk and metallic thread embroidery, drawn work, needle lace, and metal sequins
40 7/8 × 20 1/4 in. (103.82 × 51.44 cm)
Costume Council Fund (M.82.105.1)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Girls in Spain and the Americas were instructed in the art of embroidery as part of their education at schools and convents, and samplers demonstrated their skill. Samplers of the period and are a virtual dictionary of embroidery stitches. This eighteenth century Spanish colonial example illustrates the common format that consisted of a long narrow strip of linen or cotton decorated with horizontal border patterns that divided the sampler into quadrants filled with random motifs. Most samplers were executed in colored silk or metal threads and embellished with lace patterns or sequins.

Ilona Katzew, 2008