About this artwork
The lace decorations that ornamented women’s dresses were separate from the dresses themselves. They required many yards of lace and, since fine lace was expensive, people sought substitutes that mimicked the light, translucent nature of the fabric. Here, the sleeve ruffles are made of a woven linen that has been skillfully embroidered to look like lace.
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- Lace Flounce
- Made 1701–1725
- Linen, bobbin part lace
- 17.2 × 384.2 cm (6 3/4 × 151 1/4 in.) Width repeat: 59 cm (23 1/4 in.) Heading height: .6 cm (1/4 in.)
- Bequest of Mrs. Edward E. Ayer in memory of Edward E. Ayer