10 October 2013

"A perfect repository for one of the main tools of daily life"

This needlecase, in the V&A's collection, is dated to 1754.
It's made of silks and satins - dress silks or ribbons, sold by retailers and by pedlars who made regular journey to and from London, where there was a silk-weaving industry in the 18th century (it fell into decline as cheaper fabric was imported from India and China).

The description of the object notes that

"Both practical and decorative needlework played an important part in women's lives at this time; in the management of households and in the making, mending and decoration of clothes and household furnishings. Steel needles were essential equipment, and beautifully crafted and embroidered needle cases were the perfect depository for one of the main tools of daily life."

1 comment:

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