White Sprigged Cotton Muslin - $25.00 yd.


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Embroidery in the 18th century 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 19thc 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 originally it was 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 last quarter 18th century on into 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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