White Sprigged Cotton Muslin - $25.00 yd.


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In the 18th century, embroidery was not only a product of skilled Guild members, but also domestically pursued by women and girls who had the time and resources.  Whitework embroidery, originating in India, was produced on fine cotton muslins or linens, and made into handkerchiefs, sleeve ruffles, & dress aprons.  The last two decades of the century began the transition to the Neoclassical fashion designs of the early 19th century. Light cottons and lutestring complimented this softer silhouette.  Cotton embroidered muslins, especially white-on-white designs, began to be produced as yard goods, and by the 19th century, white muslin gowns were the norm rather than the exception.  

Our embroidered muslin is based on a late 18th century petticoat from the collection of Mary Doering, which displays 16 different sprigged motifs. Perhaps it was originally part of a gown (Italian) ensemble such as this one in the collection of the MET Museum. 

  • Our fine mull is hand-loomed, using a very fine yarn, at over 100 threads per inch, and is quite transparent. 
  • Well-suited for any fashion where fine muslin is required, as well as fine accessories such as caps, aprons, neckerchiefs, handkerchiefs, sleeve flounces and tuckers. Excellent for anything with white work or embroidery to include late 18th century and early 19th century gowns, as well as children’s clothing.
  • 100% Cotton, 44inches wide.

When you purchase our reproduction fabric, a donation will be made to the Humane Rescue Alliance in honor of Mary who is an avid cat lover!

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